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Sept. 28, 1898 






NO. 1. 




My stock of Woolens for this season includes the 
Latest Novelties and are the very best goods made. 
Call and examine them and get my prices. 


J^° All suits made in my own work-shops. ^^3 
Savings Bank Block, - Amherst, Mass. 

A. B. CALL, 

273 Hain St., 

Society ^^ Catering 




FaFnitare and Carpet 

A complete line of goods suited to the students' wants. 




All Goods STRICTLY CASH and at 

:. D. MARSH, 



STUDENTS can buy at fair prices 


Custom :]VIa^cle Olotlnirag. 

Suits as low as .$12. Trousers as low as |3.50. 
Overcoats as low as $10. 





WINTER RUSSETS, $3.00 to $6,00. 

Next to Post Office. 



Meats and Provisions, 

South side Cutler's Block, 


I have the ammunition to fit 
you with. On your way to the 
Post Office stop and look at my 
"1 stock of 

Hats, Caps, Gloves, 












Published Fortnightly by Students of the Massachusetts Agricultural College. 

Students and Al'.imni are requested to contribute. Communications stiould be addressed, Aggie Life, Amherst, Mass. Aggie Life will be sent 
to all subscribers until its discontinuance is ordered and arrears are paid. Subscribers who do not receive their paper regularly are requested to notify 
the Business Manager. 


WARREN iil-..:'^P HINDS. '99, Editor-in-Chief. 

FREDERICK HARVcV T'JRNER, '99, Business Manager. 

GEORGE FREEMAN PARM£>!TER, '00. Ass't Business Manager. 

BERNARD HOWARD SMITH. '99, Library Notes. JAMES EDWARD HALLIGAN, '00, Athletics. 



Terms: fl.OO per year in adoauce. Single Copies, 10c. Postage outside of United States and Canada, 25c. extra. 

Y. M. C. A. 
Foot-Ball Association, 
College Boarding Club, 


W. E. Hinds, Pres. .Mhletic Association, 

G, F. Parmenter, Manager. Base-Ball Association, 

W. R. Crowell, Sec. Reading-Room Association, 

Nineteen Hundred Index, . . F. A. Merrill, Manager. 

Prof. R. E. Smith, Sec. 
F. H. Turner, Manager. 
F. H. Turner, Manager. 

Entered at the Post Office as second-class mail matter. 


The dearth of contributions to the Life so far this 
term reminds us that a word should be said at this 
time concerning the competition for the Board of 
Editors. As the Life is a student enterprise, it is 
primarily dependent upon the financial and the literary 
support of the student body. It is desired that Aggie 
Life shall reflect what is best in the life of our college, 
which to our mind includes not only the student body 
but our professors and alumni as well. To this end, 
contributions of all kinds will be received gladly by its 
editors. The success of our college paper depends 
upon you as well as upon its Board of Editors. The 
election of the new board takes place at the end of 
the winter term and no man will then be considered 
as a candidate for the board who has not sent in at 
least three articles, one of which must be contributed 
this term. These contributions may be of any kind 
or upon any subject that the writer may deem fit. 
One thing we ask of you, don't say : " It is of no use 
for me to try for the Board." No effort in this line is 

wasted and you may feel sure that it will be those who 
show themselves best qualified for the work who will 
make the Board next Spring. 

The advent of the college year has been ushered in 
with the usual ceremonies attendant upon such an 
auspicious event. It had been devoutly hoped that a 
recurrence of the annual class rush would not take 
place, but, alas, it has happened, and the fond hopes 
which we had cherished of a discontinuance of this 
nuisance are cast to the ground. It is to be sincerely 
regretted that the collegians, here and elsewhere, have 
not as yet reached that stage in their mental and 
physical development when such an exhibition of bru- 
tal force is repugnant to their better natures. That 
class feeling will ever be ripe, we cheerfully admit, but 
we fondly hope that the day will come when this 
rivalry will assume a different aspect from that of 
men being carried off the field either from sheer 
exhaustion or physical disability. A cane-rush is a 
parlor game compared to that which lately took place 
upon our campus. If we must have an unpleasant 



exhibition of class feeling, let us choose that nriethod 
which is conducive to the least physical suffering. A 
cane rush is far preferable to the usual rough and 
tumble fight, and can be properly regulated so as to 
become less of an object of loathing. The Life will 
be glad to use its influence to establish any system to 
settle class differences that will do away with such 
disgusting scenes as were witnessed about the college 
grounds but a few nights since. 

At the opening of last Spring term the class of '99 
instituted the Honor System in Examinations to hold 
through that term. The success of the movement 
was so apparent that the system has been enthusiasti- 
cally readopted for the coming year. As there may 
be some men in college who do not fully understand 
the working of this system, we will say that its object 
is to bring about honest examinations by placing the 
men strictly upon their honor. This does away with 
all espionage on the part of the professor. It allows 
all freedom of action and of conversation which does 
not conflict with the statement which each student is 
required to make on his paper : " I have neither 
given nor received aid in this examination." Should 
any case of discipline occur, it is to be dealt with by a 
committee from the class which shall judge the case 
and if the defendant be found guilty, the committee 
shall recommend to the Faculty the penalty to be 
inflicted. The results of the system have been found 
to be a higher standard of scholarship, better feeling 
between teachers and students and a more honorable 
and manly spirit throughout the class. Are not these 
results worthy of the consideration of every thinking 
man in college ? If so will you not talk the matter up 
among your classmates and see if this system will not 
soon be adopted by all other classes ? We firmly 
believe that no step ever before taken has carried this 
institution so far on the road to success, in its work of 
fitting men for life, as the adoption of this system by 
every class in college would carry it. 

— The sophomore class has elected the following 
officers : Pres't, E. S. Gamwell ; vice pres't, C. L. 
Rice ; sec'y and treas., W. C. Dickerman ; class 
capt., J. H. Chickering ; historian, A.C.Wilson; 
sergeant-at-arms, George R. Bridgforth : tennis direc- 
tor, E. L. Macomber ; rope pull capt , T. E. Cook 


{Professor Mills' Tribute, Reprinted from the Amherst Record o 
July 13.'] 

While many friends of Lieutenant Dickinson, w' o 
fell in the battle before Santiago a few days since, le 
giving expression to their grief for his untimely de-ith, 
there are reasons why the citizens of Amherst an a the 
friends of the Agricultural college also should ^hare in 
these tributes to the memory of this falle;i soldier. 
Lieutenant Dickinson was, so far as we know, the first 
of her sons that Amherst has giver to the cause of 
Cuban independence. A son of Amherst he was, in 
truth. Amo";^ the eany settlers of Amherst his ances- 
tor? M/ere found. His family, for successive genera- 
tions, has held a prominent place among the families 
of the town. He himself received his early training in 
its public schools and from them was appointed by a 
distinguished and honored citizen of Amherst to a 
cadetship at West Point. After years of training in 
the academy and on the field of active service on our 
western frontier he came back to give four years of 
efficient and faithful service to one of Amherst's col- 
leges and to renew and strengthen many of the friend- 
ships of his boyhood days. During all these years his 
love for Amherst has steadily increased and in a letter 
written on the transport as he was about to set foot on 
the soil of Cuba he expressed the questioning desire 
that he might see Amherst again. This desire was 
not to be gratified; but that he should, amid the 
excitements and distractions of those busy hours, turn 
his thoughts in fond desire to his boyhood home, 
reveals a tenderness and loyalty in the man not incon- 
sistent with the courage and devotion of the soldier. 

The value of Lieutenant Dickinson's work at the 
Agricultural college is well known by his associates 
there. To it he brought a high ideal of the soldier's 
duty, a scrupulous regard for the interests of individual 
students, and a patient attention to the minutest details 
pertaining to the military department. It mattered 
not whether he was to prepare a report to his superior 
officers at Washington, or to promote the efficiency of 
his battalion by enforcing needed discipline in its ranks, 
or to take command of the same on those sad Memo- 
rial Days that appeal so tenderly to patriotic hearts, he 
was always faithful and true. The influence of Lieu- 
tenant Dickinson's work was felt in every department 
J of the college. It commanded the hearty respect of 


Photo by LovELL, Amherst. Taken Dec. i, iSqj 


Philadelphia, Pa. 

West Boxford. 


South Deerfield. 


North Egermont. 



Memphis, Tenn. 

East Foxboro. 


Rock Bottom. 

North Easton. 












Cromwell, Conn. 

South Hadley. 


oint, L. I., N. Y. 


little book has 
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; charming little 
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— The sopho: 
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his associates on the faculty, while the students admired 
him as a soldier and trusted him as a friend. 

When such lives are laid upon the altar we realize 
how great is the sacrifice that is being made for Cuban 
independence. It is such devotion as that shown by 
Lieutenant Dickinson and his brave comrades that 
makes "the land holy where they fought and holy 
where they fell," and though we may not be able to 
carry to their resting places the tokens of our affection, 
yet to these shall 
^, " Honor come, a pilgrim gray, 

To bless the turf that wraps their clay." 

Whereas, it has pleased the Great Captain of the universe, 
through the cruel accident of war, to remove from our midst, 
one whom we respected as a commandant and teacher, hon- 
ored as a man, trusted and loved as a friend, the late Captain 
"XValter Mason Dickinson, and 

''Whereas, we keenly feel our mutual loss and deeply sym- 
pathize with his bereaved family and sincerely mourn his 
early demise, and 

Whereas we feel that the college has lost a true friend and 
loyal son ; and the nation a brave and gallant soldier, and his 
family a kind and loving husband and a dutiful son. There- 
fore, be it 

Resolved, that we, the class of Ninety-six of the Mass. 
Agr'l College, whose privilege if was for four years to have 
him as Commandant and Instructor, do hereby extend to the 
bereaved family our sincere and heartfelt sympathy and we 
deeply regret the loss to our army of an efficient officer, and 
to our college of a noble example of courage and fidelity to 
duty. And be it further 

Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the 
bereaved family, that another copy be filed at the College 
library ; that another copy be sent to Aggie Life to be pub- 
lished in the first issue, and that another copy be sent to the 
'00 Index and published therein, ar\d that a copy be kept and 
filed with the records of the class of Ninety-six. 

B. K. Jones, ^ 
A. S. Kinney, > Committee. 
H. H. Roper, ) 


Adams, Edward Ellis, 
Ball, George Treadwell, 
Belden, Joshua Herbert, 
Blake, Morris Adin, 
Bodfish, Henry Look, 
Chapin, Warren Luther, 
Chase, William Zachariah, 
Church, Frederick Richard, 



Newington, Conn. 






Claflin, Leander Chapin, 
Cole, William R., 
Cook, Lyman Adams, 
Cooley, Orrin Fulton, 
Dacy, Arthur Lincoln, 
Dellea, John Martin, 
Dwyer, Chester Edwards, 
Fulton, Erwin Stanley, 
Gates, Victor Adolph, 
Greeley, Dana S. B., 
Greenman, Fred Howard, 
Hall, John Clifford, 
Hanlon, Harold Clinton, 
Hodgkiss, Harold Edward, 
Holder, Walter Safford, 
James, Harold Francis, 
James, Hubert Carey, • 
Kimball, Ralph Elmore, 
Kinney, Charles Milton, 
Knight, Howard Lawton, 
Lewis, Claude Isaac, 
McCobb, Edmund F., 
Morse, Ransom Wesley, 
Peabody, Harry Eldridge, 
Pierson, Wallace Rodgers '01 
Smith, Samuel Leroy, 
Walker, Alpheus Hazard, 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

West Boxford. 


South Deerfield. 


North Egermont. 



Memphis, Tenn. 

East Foxboro. 


Rock Bottom. 

North Easton. 












Cromwell, Conn. 

South Hadley. 


Warden, James Kent, 
West, David Nelson, 

Rocky Point, L. I., N. Y. 


A very interesting and attractive little book has 
recently been issued by Mr. Frederic A. Merrill of 
the Class of 1900. The title of this charming little 
pamphlet is " Old Aggie," and it is devoted to the 
description of the grounds and buildings of the College ; 
it also gives a very clear insight to the life of the 
average student. Mr. Merrill's literary ability is too 
well known to need mention here, and it is sufficient 
to say that he has described " Old Aggie " in his usual 
easy, flowing, graceful style, that seems to make the 
picture stand out before one as a reality. 

The author opens his entertaining little work with a 
charmingly written toast which he has given in verse ; 
and he has illustrated it throughout with beautiful min- 
iature half-tones of college scenery, which add greatly 
to the freshness of the description. The several asso- 



ciations and societies are treated in an able manner, 
and from the college standpoint everything has a 
loyal and patriotic air. 

The work will undoubtedly find favor with the 
Alumni, showing, as it does, the progress of their Alma 
Mater, and should also serve as an excellent medium 
for inducing students to enter the College. 

Mr. Merrill, as a former editor and associate of the 
Life board, has our best wishes' and hearty good will. 


Holy Cross, 23 ; Aggie, 0. 
Aggie played her first game of the season with the 
strong Holy Cross team at Worcester, Sept. 24. 
Holy Cross opened the game by kicking to Barry who 
ran five yards when he was downed. M. A. C. was 
unable to gain so Nelson was sent back for a punt. 
Repeated gains were made by Holy Cross until Bald- 
win was forced over the line for a touchdown. 
In the second half Aggie took a brace and Holy Cross 
was only able to score one touchdown. The team 
work of Holy Cross was the feature of the game Y. 
H. Canto's tackling was superb. The summary: 


Monahan, Ruddy, 1. e., 

Hayes, 1. b., 

McQuaid, Hanrahan, 1. g., 

McTigue, c, 

W. Sullivan, McCormick, r. g., 

McDonough, r. t., 

McHugh, Clune, r. e., 

Baldwin. Mercer, 1. h. b., 

Kenney, Murphy, r. h. b. 

J. Sullivan, q. b., 

Powers, f. b., 


r. e., Dorman 

r. t,. Cooke 

r. g., Ball 

c, Crowell 

1. g., Stanley 

1. t.. Walker 

1. e., Chickering, Rogers 

r. h. b., Barry 

1. h. b.. Canto 

q. b., Y. H. Canto 

f. b.. Nelson 

Touchdowns — Kenney 3, Powers 1. Goals — Baldwin 3 
Referee — G. F. Parmenter. Umpire — J. J. Hunt. 

As was shown in our game against Holy Cross we 
lacked practice. Now in order to practice properly 
we must have a second eleven out on the field at the 
time appointed for practice. We would have a good 
team if it were only given the proper support. To 
come out on the field and see twelve or thirteen men 
is certainly discouraging for the captain as well as for 
the remaining players. 

The other night after practice 1 chanced to walk 
around by South College and I was surprised to see so 
many fellows on the campus. They were not playing 
Rugby. Oh ! no. As near as I could make out they 

were simply kicking the ball around. Now why 
couldn't these same men come out and help the team. 
How can they spare time after practice every night to 
kick the ball around if they have no time ? If it is 
for the lack of suits just speak to the manager and he 
will furnish you with two suits if you really want them. 
If you are afraid to play just tell the captain and he 
will inform you how to become courageous. There 
are at least three good elevens in college. Either one 
of these would give the college team all it wants to do. 
That is what we want, something to buck up against 
when we appear on the field for practice. 

Now let everybody come out in the future whether 
he thinks he can play or not and help the team. 


" Now Bill, begin ; we are all ready to hear your 
wonderful yarn." 

A group of sailors were sitting around the capstan 
on board an old three-masted schooner, lying at a 
wharf. They were enjoying the old seamen's pastime 
of spinning yarns. Bill laid aside his pipe at his com- 
panion's remark, and began : 

I had spent nearly a year at my home in York, 
enjoying a long vacation after a four year's cruise in 
southern seas. The time had passed very pleasantly 
indeed, but spring was coming on, and with it came a 
deep longing for the sea. I grew more and more 
restless as the days wore on, till finally I could endure 
it no longer ; so one day after packing my duds and 
bidding relatives and friends good-bye, I set out for 

I arrived in the city the next morning, and set out 
at once for the office of a shipping company. While 
there I heard an officer at the door calling out for 
hands to ship for Shanghai. Here was a capital oppor- 
tunity to make a long-talked of visit to a friend of 
mine, who was at that time holding an excellent posi- 
tion in that city. 1 jumped at the chance at once, 
and immediately engaged myself for the voyage, which 
was not to exceed two years. Of course 1 had never 
seen the ship — nor did we care in those days ; we 
seldom if ever saw any of our ships before we joined 

1 spent the afternoon renewing old acquaintances, 
and when evening came I went on board. The ship 
was of the hermaphrodite type, schooner-rigged aft 


and square-rigged forward. She was of about twelve 
hundred tons burden, and had been, so we were told, 
a regular " tea clipper " in her day. Part of the crew 
had been engaged a few weeks before, and they had 
gotten everything ready for sea. The next morning 
we got on sail and made everything snug for the voyage. 
About eleven o'clock the captain came on board with 
his papers and gave orders to weigh anchor. A few 
minutes later we were sailing down the harbor with a 
good six knot breeze blowing right off land. 

Everything went nicely at first, and seemed to prom- 
ise a pleasant and easy voyage, but our troubles soon 
began. Just before reaching Holyhead, about sixty 
miles out from Liverpool, we discovered that the ship 
was making more water than we expected, and whis- 
pered consultations were held among the crew ; for 
you know, to a sailor, the prospect of pumping a ship 
from port to port is anything but an agreeable one. 
We finally concluded to have a talk with the captain, 
and have her taken into Holyhead and overhauled. 
He over-ruled our objections, however, and got us to 
proceed on our way, saying, that the ship had been 
lying in dock several months and would therefore leak 
a little more than usual. We were easily won over, 
as it was not always policy to take a ship into port for 
such a purpose ; for should the judges decide her sea- 
worthy, which was most frequently the case, all the 
surveying expenses would come out of our pockets. 

Nothing unusual happened for many weeks. We 
had favorable weather, and crossing the equator we 
caught the south east trade winds and worked our 
way southerly until within range of southerly and 
westerly winds. We then began to beat eastward 
towards the cape. All this time we had been obliged 
to regularly pump out ship until we were sick and 
tired of it. One morning we sighted the islands of 
Tristan de Cunha, a group lying in the south Atlantic. 
These islands are very difficult of access. The shores 
of one of them are so steep that it is impossible to 
land, and any boat making the attempt would be 
dashed to pieces upon the rocks. Another of the 
islands has a fine land-locked harbor, where vessels 
can weather a storm. The island is inhabited, and 
at that time there were about seventy persons on it, 
but one might pass on one side a hundred times and 
never know that a single being lived there. I well 
remember when on a voyage two or three years pre- 

vious in the Contest, bound from London to Singa- 
pore, we were becalmed off these islands and two 
boats came off to us. One of them contained part 
of the crew of a North British brig, whose captain 
had sent men ashore to get a fresh water supply. 
The boat was capsized by the surf, and pounded to 
pieces upon the rocks ; the men barely escaping with 
their lives. The captain, probably believing the men 
drowned and unwilling to risk another boat's crew, 
sailed away, leaving the shipwrecked men upon what 
they supposed to be a barren, uninhabited island. 
They subsisted as best they could upon shell-fish, sea- 
fowl, and a wild berry that grew abundantly there, 
waiting patiently all the while for some vessel to pass, 
which they could hail. One day, while gathering their 
supply of food, they were startled at hearing above 
them on the hills their native language spoken, and 
thus they found out that the island was inhabited. 

Stopping at these islands only long enough to get a 
fresh water supply, we continued our way, rounded the 
Cape of Good Hope, and struck across the Indian 
Ocean through the Straits of Java to Singapore. We 
anchored here for a day or two, and took on four male 
passengers for Shanghai. Leaving this port we sailed 
up along the China coast, into the straits of Formosa, 
and it was there that our series of adventures began 
in earnest. 

All our passage from Liverpool, so far, had been 
marked with unusually pleasant weather, and an 
absence of any striking adventures to break the monot- 
ony of routine and the periodic regularity of pumping 
out ship. We were ready for most any change, but 
when that change came we would have gladly gone 
back to the drudgery of pleasant weather sailing. 

The weather which had been so pleasant suddenly 
became sultry, the air hot and oppressive. At first 
not a cloud could be seen. The sea was as calm as 
a mill pond. The ship gently rose and sank as the 
ocean breathed, or lurched as she gave a deeper 
sigh. The sun set as red as blood, giving a deep 
crimson hue to the water. The glass showed signs 
of a great change and preparations were made to 
meet it. All sails, except special storm sails, used 
in heaving to, were taken in and everything made as 
snug as possible. A heavy typhoon was upon us and 
that, too, in narrow waters ; for at that point the strait 
could not have been more than one hundred miles 


across. The storm came on with terrific force. The 
first blov/ seemed to take our ship out of the water, 
and almost simultaneously she keeled over till it 
seemed as though masts and waves met. The wind 
fairly shrieked through our rigging while above the 
tempest, the groaning of the ship and the creaking of 
the masts could be distinctly heard as blast after blast 
hurled itself upon us. Suddenly the wind would veer 
four to six points and the onslaught would come from 
another quarter, making havoc with our sails. Our 
ship tossed and tumbled like a cork in a boiling caul- 
dron, and groaned dismally as the heavy waves 
pounded against her sides. The timbers began to 
yield under the fearful strain, and it was necessary to 
man the pumps continuously. By enlisting our four 
passengers, we made three sets to work the pump, 
each set working twenty minutes. Each man provided 
himself with a rope as a precaution against being 
wa.";hed away, for the seas were running high and 

All night long the storm raged and when morning 
came its force was but little abated. How many 
times during the night we were washed away to the 
ends of our ropes I cannot say. One man was 
washed overboard, but fortunately was met by another 
sea and sent rushing back. In the afternoon I was 
called to the helm by the captain. He thought he 
would run the ship an hour or two before dark in order 
to get a more even keel, and a better chance to sound 
the well. Our lower hold was filled with rod and bar 
iron, which had rusted, and this rust, together with a 
fine shingle that had been used for a ballast on pre- 
vious voyages, kept getting into our pumps and clog- 
ging them, wearing out the leathers, and making our 
progress very slow. All the leather had to be taken 
from the rigging, and it kept two men and the car- 
penter busy all the time. Every little while the 
pump-rod had to be drawn causing extra delay. 

Thus the time passed by, and on the evening of 
the second day hardly a movable thing remained on 
deck. The cook-house, several hundred hens, ducks, 
and chickens bought in Java were swept away. Our 
only food was some canned fruit and crackers, which 
we ate at odd moments within the saloon doors. The 
storm still raged furiously, and our water-logged ves- 
sel being at the entire mercy of the sea, labored 
heavily and lay in the water like a partly submerged 

rock. The wind kept veering round and the seas 
driven hither and thither by the varying wind met 
each other with a loud slap deluging our decks with 
water. That night each man was allowed an hour's ! 
sleep. How we ever got through the night 1 do not j 
know, for they could not wake me till morning. ' 
There was not a dry place on the ship, and every 
stitch of my clothing was saturated through and 
through, and yet 1 slept like a log. 

The next morning the carpenter and mate tried to 
ascertain the amount of water in the hold, and found, 
as near as they could estimate, between four and five 
feet. The sea was still running high, but the wind 
had gone down a little. We were still in a pretty 
serious condition, however, and had to man the pumps 
continually. About ten o'clock the captain came on 
deck and ordered us to get out the long-boat and 
launch her ; at the same time he began to cut away 
the lashings. The crew refused to obey declaring 
they would stand by the hull, for with such a sea run- 
ning it would be impossible to launch her, there being 
no lee side, and the moment a boat was dropped it 
would be smashed to pieces against the hull. 

1 think the captain was a little beyond himself at 
this time, the strain on his mind being so great. 
The rumor went the rounds that he had borrowed a 
large auger the night before, and attempted to scuttle 
the ship, but 1 cannot vouch for the truth of this story. 

About noon we sighted a strange schooner on our 
starboard bow. She gradually came towards us and 
for a long time we were in fear of collision, but she 
slowly drifted away again, and was finally lost to view. 
During all the time she was in sight we did not see a 
single soul on board of her. About two o'clock in 
the afternoon we reached smoother water and soon 
sighted land. The storm having spent itself, we took 
out our fore and main top-sails, hoping to get into 
some bay on Formosa island before night came on. 

Towards evening we sighted a fine bay on the north 
eastern coast of the island — now known as St. Lau- 
rens Bay — and made our way towards it. It proved 
to be a fine harbor, formed in a kind of balloon shape, 
the mouth comparing well with the orifice in a hot-air 
balloon. It was surrounded by hills from 800 to 1000 
feet high, which gradually sloped down to the beach, 
and which diminished in height as they approached the 
main shore. On entering the inlet we got ready our 


two six inch guns and fired two stiots. There were 
three villages within the bay, one situated at the 
extreme end, and one on each side just within the 
mouth, some canoes that were coming out to meet 
us, retired upon hearing the shots. We dropped 
anchor when well within the inlet, and took in all 
sail expect one topsail, which we left for an emergency. 

By this time it was very dark. We could see 
nothing around us except the lights in the villages. It 
was decided to post a watch that night, for although 
we had but little fear of being disturbed, it was best to 
be prepared. The captain and passengers volunteered 
to do watch duty, and give the crew a rest, so we 
immediately went below and turned in. About eleven 
o'clock we were all aroused by the alarm that the sav- 
ages had boarded us in the dark. Two of the crew 
crawled aft to reconnoitre, and seeing no light in the 
cabin, thought they smelled a rat. They crept for- 
ward again to report, and all hands sneaked aft. 
Everything was quiet, no savages were in sight nor 
anything that indicated their presence. We all went 
below again and without any other happening finished 
the night's sleep. We learned the next morning that 
the captain had gone forward to see if the ship was 
riding all right, and one of the passengers seeing him 
thought he was one of the natives and gave in the 

On the morrow at day break we were all mustered 
aft to talk over our position before the natives should 
make any attempt to board us. The captain told us 
that he had drawn up three plans which he would lay 
before us for our consideration. The first one was to 
lift the pump and saw off six inches at the lower end, 
so as to get all the sand out of our hold, and then 
have the natives do the pumping and assist us in get- 
ting ready for sea again. His second proposition was 
to take our own boats, run down the coast undercover 
of the night to Tamsui, a seaport town on Formosa 
island, about forty miles from where we lay, and get 
assistance. And if neither of these plans seemed 
feasible, we could make our way over the hills to 
Tamsui, thereby cutting off fifteen miles ; but in this 
case we had to run the risk of being captured by the 
natives. After talking over the matter carefully, we 
finally decided to stay by the ship, and after fixing her 
up with the natives' help, to make our way out some 
morning, and sail for Foochow, a nice lee port on the 

China coast, almost directly west of us. 

About half past six the canoes began to come off 
from the shore. We mustered on deck in full force 
in order to make as big a showing as possible, stack- 
ing our guns in the saloon to be ready for an emer- 
gency. Only the captain and chief officer carried 
revolvers. The canoes were soon alongside, and the 
savages clambered on board. There did not appear to 
be anyone of particular distinction among the horde. 
They strolled quietly round the deck, admiring our 
spare anchors and chains, and curiously examining our 
six inch guns. Our forecastle bell seemed to take 
their eye more than anything else, and they were as 
pleased as a child with a toy, when permitted to strike 
it. Our carpenter having fixed the pumps meanwhile 
we were now prepared to give them some work and a 
little fun withal. He had fitted up our pumps, which 
were of the fly-wheel type, with ropes so that they 
could be worked fore and aft on deck. We began 
the pumping ourselves, but the visitors soon became 
interested, and seeing the volume of water pouring 
out, they soon wanted to join in. At first they did 
not get into the swing in good shape, oftentimes pulling 
against each other, but by noon we had them working 
like oxen. We kept them going until about five in 
the afternoon, when we mustered again and gave them 
to understand that we would gladly see them safe in 
in their canoes once more. Everything went smoothly 
that night. Soon after daybreak the next morning 
the savages came on board, and we again set them to 
work at the pumps. They worked contentedly all the 
day, and departed as before when evening came with- 
out any disturbance. 

The next morning we got out a bale of cotton 
goods, a kind of gingham, containing about fifty pieces. 
This we placed upon the poop deck to be distributed 
that evening, when our visitors went ashore. We 
took great care when they were on board, that they 
did not see any of our cargo. After they were through 
for the day, the captain gave them to understand that 
he would give out the pieces of cloth among them in 
payment of their work, but they must first get into their 
canoes. Over the sides they scrambled like squash- 
bugs off a leaf, and were in their canoes before you 
could say Jack Robinson. The captain then threw a 
piece of the cloth into each canoe, and the boats 
started off for the shore. We noticed that they did 



not land at either village, but beached their boats on 
the shingle half way between them. Then came the 
melee ; the pieces were opened and a grand grab 
made, each man cutting or tearing off whatever he 
could lay hands on, some getting two yards, some one 
yard, and some none at all. This was accompanied 
by a terrific uproar, which could be distinctly heard on 
board. We could plainly see the whole performance 
and a more comical sight I never looked upon. 

Every day for a week they came on board and 
helped us and every day we were getting nicely fixed 
up for our voyage. E. 

(to be continued.) 

^olle;^^ ^ott$. 

—Foot Ball ! 

— N. J. Hunting has returned to College. 

— Moulton '01 will not return to College this year. 

— Hemenway '01 will not return to College this 

— Graves '01 recently broke his finger while play- 
ing foot ball. 

■ — The College library is being re-arranged and 

— Gamwell '01 is now acting as an assistant to the 
college librarian. 

— The junior and sophomore classes attended the 
fair at Greenfield last week. 

■ — A. C. Monahan '00 recently spent a few days at 
his home in South Framingham. 

— B. H. Smith and S. E. Smith of the senior class 
are now rooming at H. M. Thomson's. 

— Mrs. L. E. Sanderson has been engaged to train 
the choir and glee club for the following year. 

— C. E. Stacy, formerly of the class of '99, 
recently spent a 24 hours' furlough at the College. 

— The New York Times is soon to publish an arti- 
cle reviewing our college and also Amherst college. 

— It is reported that H. A. Paul, formerly of the 
class of '01, is sick at Camp Hamilton, Kentucky. 

— The Bible classes have started off this term with 
a very good attendance. A new course of study has 
been adopted which will prove very interesting to the 

— Members of the College received complimentary 
tickets to the fair held at Amherst. Sept. 15 and 16. 

— W. R. Crowell '00 has been chosen as acting 
captain of the foot ball team, acting in place of A. D. 

— Corporal A. D. Gile recently spent a short fur- 
lough in town. He expects to return to his class in a 
few weeks. 

— Prof. J. B. Lindsey, addressed the Amherst 
Grange last week, and a short talk was given by Dr. 
C. S. Walker. 

— The following men have joined the Q. T. V, fra- 
ternity : D. N. West, W. R. Cole, F. H. Greenman. 
R. W. Morse. 

— The following men have joined the D. G. K. 
fraternity: H. F. James, R. C. James, H. L. Bod- 
fish, W. L. Chapin. 

— Some of the valuable horses, belonging to the 
College were exhibited at the Agricultural fair, at 
Greenfield last week. 

— Corporal F. H. Brown was at the college a 
short time ago. He expects to return as soon as his 
regiment is mustered out. 

— A new set of hym.n books has been purcha sed by 
the Y. M. C. A-., the use of which adds a great deal 
to the weekly prayer-meetings. 

— The following men have joined the Phi Sigma 
Kappa fraternity: J. K. Warden, E. E. Adams, J. 
C. Hall, V. A. Gates, C. M. Kinney. 

— The athletic board has organized with the follow- 
ing members ; Dr. J. B. Paige, Prof.R. S. Lull ; Capt. 
W. M. Wright, Prof. R. E. Smith, J. R. Perry '93. 

— We are glad to see that such a generous sum 
has been raised for the support of the foot ball eleven. 
All subscriptions are payable to Prof. R. E. Smith. 

— President Goodell has recently been at Camp 
Wikoff at Montauk Point. While there he had an 
interview with Capt. Wright and was shown through 
the camp. 

— The course in required English as presented to 
the senior class by Prof. Mills, is one of great inter- 
est and practical value. The text-book used is 
" Mac Ewan's Essentials of Argumentation," which is 
made up in a concise form, very attractive to the 


• — Hinds, Hooker, Pingree, S. E. Smith, Baker 
and Stanley attended the Northfield conference this 
summer. They were there ten days and reported a 
very enjoyable time. 

— The senior class has elected the following offi- 
cers : Pres't, F. H. Turner ; vice pres't, M. H. Pin- 
gree ; sec'y, H. W. Dana ; treas., W. A. Hooker ; 
historian, B. H. Smith. 

— President Goodell recently paid a visit to Wash- 
ington, D. C, where he interviewed the Adjutant- 
General as to the liability of a military instructor being 
detailed to the College. 

— The reading-room association has elected the 
following officers : Pres't, F. H. Turner ; vice pres't, 
W. E, Hinds ; sec'y and treas., H. Baker; directors, 
{ Atkins '00, Gordon '01. 

— The senior class recently handed in a petition to 
the faculty to the effect that drill should be continued 
under the supervision of a member of the faculty. 
Unfortunately the petition was not granted. 

— The new laboratory south of the drill hall, which 
is being built for the Veterinary department will prob- 
ably be roofed over before Winter. It will be a hand- 
some structure and an ornament to the College grounds. 

— A handsome portrait of Capt. Dickinson has 
been on exhibition for several weeks in the window of 
the Amherst post-office. The picture is an excellent 
likeness and is the work of the photographer, J. A. 

— The junior class has elected the following offi- 
cers : Pres't, G. F. Parmenter ; vice pres't, F. A. 
Merrill ; sec'y and treas., A. M. West ; class capt., 
J. E. Halligan ; historian, E. T. Hull ; sergeant-at- 
Arms, M. H. Munson. 

— Professor and Mrs. C. S. Walker celebrated the 
twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage, Thursday 
evening, Sept. 15th. They received a large number 
of friends and were made the recipients of many beau- 
tiful and valuable presents. 

■ — The following men have become members of the 
College Shakespearean club: William Z. Chase, 
Arthur L. Dacy, John M. Dellea, Chester E. Dwyer, 
Dana S. Greeley, Harold E. Hodgkiss, Walter S. 
j Holder, Ralph E. Kimball, Howard L. Knight, Claude 
T. Lewis, Harvey E. Peabody. 

— The freshman class has elected the following 
officers to serve for a month : Pres't, W. Z. Chase ; 
vice pres't, C. T. Lewis ; sec'y and treas., H. L. 
Knight ; class capt., A. H. Walker ; rope pull, capt., 
E. S. Fulton ; foot ball capt., G. T. Ball. 

— It now seems impracticable for drill to be con- 
tinued at the College this year. President Goodell 
has ascertained that no military officer will be detailed 
to the College for a some months and thus it does 
not seem advisable for the drill to be commenced. 

— The senior class committees have been chosen 
as follows : Photograph committee, D. A. Beaman, 
W. E. Hinds, W. E. Chapin ; cane com., W. A. 
Hooker, H. E. Maynard, M. H. Pingree; class cup 
com., C. M. Walker, B. H. Smith, W. H. Armstrong. 

— A small pamphlet has recently been published, 
which is a combination of some of the articles which 
have appeared in the Amherst Record concerning 
Capt. Dickinson. The pamphlet also contains a half- 
tone portrait and a copy of his commission as captain. 

— The schedule for the Union lecture course has 
been arranged and offers a number of special attrac- 
tions. This lecture course is given in the town hall 
and is largely attended by the students of the College. 
The reserved seat tickets will be put on sale the 28th. 

— The boarding-club has re-organized and elected 
the following officers : Pres't and 1st director, M. H. 
Pingree '99 ; vice pres't and 2nd director, B. H. 
Smith '99 ; sec'y and treas., and 3rd director, W. R. 
Crowell '00 ; 4th director, H. Baker '00 ; 5th direc- 
tor, E. S. Gamwell '01 ; 6th director, J. A. Chicker- 
ing '01 ; 7th director, F. R. Church '02. 

— " Old Aggie " is the title of an illustrated booklet 
written by Mr. F. A. Merrill of the class of 1900. 
His style is such that one reads with interest and gets 
a vivid impression of student life at the M. A. C. 
The reader is pleased with the beauty of the scenery 
and is gratified to learn particulars concerning the 
rapid growth of the institution, the increase in the 
number of buildings and the development of the 
courses of study. The book shows a great deal of 
care and hard work and Mr. Merrill is to be con- 
gratulated upon its success. Every student should 
possess a copy himself and send away others to let 
his friends know the many advantages of his Alma 



— The foot ball schedule as has been arranged by 
manager Parmenter is as follows : Sept. 24, Holy 
Cross at Worcester ; Oct. 1 , Worcester Tech. at 
Worcester; Oct. 5, Wesleyan at Middletown; Oct. 
15, Vermont Academy at M. A. C. ; Oct. 22, Willis- 
ton at Easthampton ; Oct. 29, Boston University at 
M. A. C. ; Nov. 12, Worcester Tech. at M. A. C. 
Besides the games already scheduled arrangements 
are being made to secure games v/ith Boston college. 
Amherst and Tufts. 

— The honor system as put in practice by the class 
of '99, during the preceeding spring term has met with 
great success. This system is to-day in vogue in 
many of the leading colleges and universities 
and we hope that it has become firmly established 
in this institution. It is very much to be desired that 
the lower class men take some action upon this im- 
portant subject and use all their influence to bring 
about a condition of affairs, which will reflect more 
credit upon the M. A. G. 

— The annual reception given to the freshman class 
by the College Y. M. C. A. was held on the evening 
of the 16th in the chapel. It was a very enjoyable 
affair, as indeed, it always is. Invitations were issued 
to all the students and members of the faculty and 
to many outside friends, nearly all of whom showed 
their appreciation of this social custom by being pres- 
ent. The chapel, from which most of the chairs had 
been removed, was very prettily decorated with palms, 
grasses and potted plants, and with such a large num- 
ber of young persons moving gaily about it formed a 
pleasing and most entertaining sight. Later in the 
evening light refreshments were served and the gather- 
ing broke up soon after ten o'clock. Such receptions 
help to bring the students and faculty in closer contact 
and we feel sure the members of our new class as 
well as the older classes, were much benefited by it. 

— When acting captain Crowell of the foot ball 
team called the men out for their first practice this 
fall there was a very good showing, twenty-five or 
thirty men appearing on the field, and everything 
pointed to some fast and hard competition for posi- 
tions. The next day there were not enough for two 
teams, and since then the number has kept decreas- 
ing until for the last week only the team, or those 
who were supposed to play on the team, came out. 

and sometimes even they failed to appear. If this 
keeps up we will have to give up all thoughts of put- 
ting a team on the gridiron this fall. A team can 
never amount to anything without practice, and when 
the fellows who can play the game fail to come out 
and give the college team practice it is about time to 
stop. The students all want to see the team win, and I 
they kick when it loses, yet they have no one to blame 
but themselves, for as we have just said, a team can- 
not win unless it has practice, and good hard practice ; 
at that. So if you wish to see them win this fall co me : 
out and give them some rousing good work. 



Notice alumni. The editors of the Life request tha' 
all alumni who have changed address or wish changes 
in address, forward for convenience all changes at 
once. Any alumnus who has not received the Life' 
kindly forward address to the Business Manager. 

At the June meeting of the Alumni Associatiori 
the following officers were elected : 
President, Prest. J. H. Washburn 78 

1st Vice-president, C. E. Beach '82 

2d Vice-president, W. H. Caldwell '87 

3d Vice-president, Dr. E. W. Allen '85 

Secretary, Dr. Jas. B. Paige '82 

Treasurer, Dr. C. Wellington '73 

Auditor, Dr. E. R. Flint '87 

Executive Committee, ^'- J' ^- ^'"'^^^.y ',1^ 

A. C. Curtis 94 

George B. Willard '92 was elected a member of 
the Athletic Board. 

It was voted unanimously to discontinue for the 
present further discussion with reference to changing 
the name of the college. It was the sense of the 
meeting that a change would be inadvisable. 

The names of the following gentlemen were placed 
in nomination as trustee candidates : 
Wm. H. Bowker, Boston, 
J. D. W. French, Boston, 
W. D. Hinds, Townsend, 
George H. Ellis, West Newton, 
George L. Clements, Southbridge. 
'75. — H. S. Carruth. In business at St. Michael's 



'75. — L. K. Lee. In a letter from Mr. Lee we 
learn that he is in the employ of the St. Paul Fire & 
Marine Ins. Co. Resides at 211 Franklin St., St. 
Paul, Minn. 

78. — A. L. Spofford. In a recent letter we are 
informed that Mr. Spofford as a member of the 8th 
Mass. Reg. Vols, is now stationed at Camp Hamilton, 
Lexington, Ky. 

Ex-'83. — Wm. E. Smith writes that he anticipates 
going into business in Cuba. Mr. Smith is now chief 
clerk in the Div. Freight Office of the N. Y., N. H. 
& H. Railroad at Bridgeport, Conn. 

'86. — G. S. Stone was married Sept. 3, 1898 to 
Miss Mary Elizabeth Leland at Otter River, Mass. 

'87. — C. W. Fisherdick, married at Denver, Col. 
to Miss Cora Belle King, July 27, 1898. 

'89. — A. D. Copeland was married July 6, 1898 to 
Miss Janet Lothrop at West Bridgewater, Mass. 
They will be at home after Oct. 1, at Copeland St., 
Brockton, Mass. 

'89.— A. L. Miles, D. D. S., Harvard Dental Col- 
lege '98, is now practicing at Cambridgeport, Mass. 

'91. — L. F. Horner is now Supt. of the estate of 
Mrs. C. H. McCormick, Montento, Cal. 

'92. — J. L. Field. The marriage of Judson L. 
Field to Miss Elizabeth Peck Field took place last 
Saturday, Sept. 24, at the First Congregational church 
in Leverett, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Field will be at 
home Tuesdays in December at 3646 Lake Avenue, 
Chicago, 111, 

'94. — E. T. Dickinson, D. M. D., is practicing in 
Northampton, Mass. at 107 Main St, Mr. Dickinson 
is a graduate of the Harvard Dental School in the 
class of '98. 

Ex-'94.^C. F. Johnson was married June 2 1 , 
1898 to Miss Minnie Belle Towne at Chelsea, Mass. 

'94, — A. J. Morse, Instructor in mathematics and 
science at St. Austin's School at West New Brighton, 
Staten Island, N. Y. 

'94. — A. C. Curtiss, Instructor in English at St. 
Austin's School at West New Brighton, Staten Island, 
N. Y. 

'95. — H. L. Frost & Co., Foresters and Entomolo- 
gists at 12 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, with W. W. 

'95. — F. C. Tobey, Teacher of Mathematics and 
Military Tactics, St. Johns School, Sing Sing, N. Y. 

'95. — R. S. Jones, Civil Engineer, address 3 Cam- 
bridge Terrace, AUston, Mass. 

Ex-'95. — R. W. Drury is teaching at Orchard 
Lake, Mich. 

'96. — H. C. Burrington was married to Miss Lulu 
G. Rice at Greenfield, Mass., June 22, 1898. 

'96.— M. E. Sellew is at Black Hall, Conn, employed 
in ornamental gardening. 

'96. — S. W. Fletcher, who is continuing his gradu- 
ate work at Cornell for the degree of Ph. D., has been 
appointed to the Exp. Sta. Staff. 

'96. — H. C. Burrington is with the Walker, Gordan 
Co., Chicago, 111. 

'96. — A. M. Kramer with Leonard Metcalf, Con- 
cord, Mass. 

'96. — L. J. Shepherd. The following paragraph 
copied from the Lewiston (Me.) Journal will prove 
interesting to Mr. Shepherd's many friends. He was 
graduated from college in 1896 and with his bride is 
now visiting friends in town : " The marriage of Mr. 
Lucius Shepherd and Miss Harriet C. Wilson 
occurred Tuesday at the home of the bride on Mill 
street. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Fred 
A. Wilson of Andover, Mass.. a cousin of the bride. 
The room was handsomely decorated with white and 
pink asters, the ceremony being performed under an 
arch of flowers. The bride was handsomely dressed 
in white muslin and carried white peas while the 
bridesmaid was attired in white and pink muslin. The 
best man was Mr. Harry Buck of Worcester, Mass. 
The bride and bridegroom are respected young people 
of this place. Mr. Shepherd being assistant horticul- 
turist at the University experiment station. The bride 
was the recipient of many elegant presents. The 
happy couple are enjoying a wedding trip in Massa- 
chusetts after which they will reside in this place." 

'96, — F. H. Reid, Principal of Comm.ercial Depart- 
ment of High School at Woonsocket, R. I. 


E, W. Capen, medical student at the College of 
Physicians and Surgeons, Boston, Mass. Address, 
Stoughton, Mass. 

J. Alden Davis, E. Longmeadow, Mass. P. O. 
Box 60. 



L. R. Alexander, Traveling Salesman for C. H. 
Webster, manufacturer and pharmacist, Northfield, 

F. E. Barrett, manager Dairy Dept. N. I. Bowditch 
Stock Farm, Framingham, Mass. 

L. E. Lincoln, 624 Bay St., Taunton, Mass. 

R. P. Coleman, dairy farming, at Richmond, Mass. 

Ex-Two-Year Class '96. — We regret to announce 
the death of Private Harvey R., Atkins of Co. 1, 2d 
Mass. Reg. Vols., on July 26, near Santiago. Cause of 
death, heart failure, caused indirectly by nostalgia. 

'97. — H. J. Armstrong. In the employ of Illinois 
Central R. R. as Civil Engineer. He is now sta- 
tioned at Memphis, Tenn. 

'97. — L. F. Clark, Teacher of Mathematics and 
Military Tactics, West Jersey Academy, Bridgton, 

'99. — C. E. Stacy was at college last week, having 
obtained a twenty-four hour furlough. His regiment 
is now in camp at Framingham. 

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E wonder why it is that in small colleges athletes 
see,n to feel that no such system of self-discipline and 
training is necessary as is required in larger institu- 
tions ? Men are disappointed because they are not 
suctessful upon the athletic field while they forget 
that' victory is not a gift : it must be won. Natural 
qualifications may go far toward making an athlete, 
but they are only the foundation upon which he may 
build his success. These should be strengthened and 
developed by a hard, systematic course of training. 
The young man possessing such a foundation should 
feel it to be his duty both to himself and to his college 
to make the most of his abilities in this line. 

When team-work is in question the element of con- 
stant practice is even more essential. No matter 
how good the players on that team may be individually 
unless they are working together as a unit they must 
come far short of doing their best. A good illustration 
of this may be seen to-day in the National Base-ball 

League. New York was playing a good game as 
long as the men worked together ; but since her team- 
work broke up she has been rapidly losing ground. 
No team can afford to skip even a days practice 
especially during the first of the season before the men 
have learned to know and have confidence in each 
other. Especially is this the case in foot ball for in this 
the united work of the team is absolutely essential no 
matter how brilliant players the men may be individu- 
ally. Neither can any team afford to allow any ques- 
tion or feeling to come up which is liable to disturb 
the good fellowship and harmonious work of the men. 
Personal advancement should never be placed ahead 
of the best interests of the college and those to whom 
is given the responsibility of representing the college 
upon the athletic field should feel that they are there 
not for themselves but for the honor of their Alma 

Considerable complaint was heard last year from 
those who purchased papers or periodicals from the 
Reading Room Association because they did not 



receive complete files of those publications for which 
they had paid. The papers and magazines are placed 
in the Reading Room for the use of all the students 
and no one has a right to remove them from the room 
before the expiration of the time for which they are 
placed there ; after that time they become the property 
of individuals, Too much care cannot be taken in 
the preservation of the publications. A badly torn 
or crumpled magazine has lost much of its value and 
so they deserve careful use. Covers are provided for 
all magazines and they will be in much better shape 
if kept in these and in their proper places. Occasion- 
ally we have seen papers from which some particularly 
interesting article has been clipped. These items 
could have been obtained just as well after the removal 
of the papers from the room at the end of the week 
by speaking with the purchaser of the paper and then 
no one would have been deprived of the opportunity of 
reading the article. Even with careful handling papers 
will occasionally be torn ; but it is not right to use the 
Reading Room as a place for a class rush or a paper 
hurling contest. 

much to the latter's weal or woe. If you would have 
an athletic team let it be the best you can offer, made 
up of athletes and gentlemen, whose leader is the best 
among you in all those attributes that men respect ; if 
you would publish a paper see that the editors are of 
the institution's best men for it is through them that 
the student body speaks to the world and the world 
judges men by their words as well as by their actions. 
Instances innumerable might be given to show the 
harm wrought by the so-called class and college poli- 
tics therefore raise your fraternities to the plane on 
which their history entitles them to stand — far above 
such things ; and let your loyalty broaden from the 
space encompassed by the four walls of your society 
to the uttermost bounds of your college and one good 
lesson in citizenship will be yours. R. S. Lull. 


The college fraternity is a peculiar and characteris- 
tic feature of American student life and one far 
reaching and potent for good, yet capable of abuse, 
for in some institutions its main principle is becoming 
wrongfully interpreted to the obvious harm of the col- 
lege. I mean in this way, that the spirit of brotherly 
aid and helpfulness is being carried so far as to pre- 
vent a man from occupying a post that is clearly his 
own by virtue of his special fitness. Thus the frater- 
nities are led into combinations for the furtherance of 
the ambitions of some particular candidate until the 
whole system becomes on a par with a corrupt politi- 
cal machine and the result of the machinations of 
such a body upon government needs no further com- 
ment. I believe most heartily in loyalty to one's 
brethren, but I believe loyalty to one's college should 
be greater, for, while fraternal benefits are many, 
what a man owes to the college which has tenderly 
cared for him and fitted him for the war with the 
world is a debt few of us realize while yet within its 

And college loyalty means loyalty to every depart- 
ment of the college, whose good or ill repute means 


On Wednesday evening last in the Stone Ghapei 
Captain Wright delivered a lecture on his recent cam- 
paign in Cuba. This subject was one of great interest 
to his audience — coming as it did direct from a per- 
sonal observer — and the Captain's unassuming way 
of telling of his dangerous exploits completely won the 
hearts of his hearers. 

The Captain began his lecture by describing the 
typical outfit of a soldier about to start for the front. 
He then went on to tell of his stay at Mobile and the 
trip in the transports to the coast of Cuba. The flee^bf 
transports and warships was divided into three divisions, 
the whole consisting of 45 vessels. The speed was 
necessarily slow, as some of the tugs were towing 
pontoons and barges. When night came on the tor- 
pedo boats and gun boats gathered the transports in 
closer together to ensure better protection from an 
attack by the enemy. 

Captain Wright's description of their landing near 
Santiago was both interesting and amusing. Great 
trouble was experienced in making the mules swim 
ashore. When a mule gets a drop of water in' his 
ears, he gives up — actually sinks to the bottom like a 
piece of lead. Others that got loose often swam 
directly out to sea, possibly going back to their native 

While in camp before Santiago the Captain , did 
some very valuable though hazardous reconnoitering. 
In one of these trips with his Cuban guides he 



advanced along the enemy's lines and even came 
within a hundred yards of their outposts. 

The Captain told in glowing terms of the bravery of 
the men, and their disregard for their own lives while 
serving their country. One case in particular rises 
prominently before all others. An open field separ- 
ated the two armies. The Spanish were strongly 
intrenched behind earthworks while the Americans were 
under cover of the forest. A charge across this field 
was out of the question owing to a barbed wire fence 
at about 100 yards distant and parallel to the Ameri- 
can lines. Two U. S. soldiers fearlessly crawled out 
to this wire fence and began cutting it. One of the 
men was killed by the Spanish bullets but the other 
kept bravely on and completed his task. 

Shortly after the surrender of Santiago Captain 
Wright was taken sick with yellow fever, but on con- 
valescence received twenty days' furlough and 
returned to Amherst. The Captain is here at present 
awaiting orders from the War Department. 


The manager of the football team has proven him- 
self a hero in the eyes of his admiring friends. He 
has accomplished what managers in the past have 
■b.een able only to dream of. On the very first day of 
thjaining, when the men came in from a hard practice 
a:nd a five-mile run, they found two of the best mass- 
eiures in the country all ready to rub out that tired 
feieling. It has been hinted, with knowing winks 
among the chosen few, that these two experts were 
ODtained only by a great deal of moral and financial 

A few days later our manager consulted the oracle, 
with the result that a fine new rubbing table put in an 
appearance. This being too large for the bath room 
w^s placed in one of the empty compartments in the 
balsement of South College and adjoining the baths. 
This compartment was open on two sides, and a 
difficulty arose about drafts, etc. This difficulty our 
manager overcame by another visit to the oracle. 
Wihat was the best thing to do ? The oracle, with 
wiidom befitting its responsible position, says to board 
un' one side. Not only has this been done, but«/e see 
in[the dim and misty future a new hardwood floor, a 
neV door, electric lights, lockers, hooks, benches aud 
steam heat. 


Here in this torture chamber the expert rubbers do 
their work. When a man comes in from the bath 
they seize upon him and throw him face downward 
on the table. While one pounds the athlete all over 
with an Indian club — looking for sore places — the other 
pinches up the muscles with a pair of blacksmith 
tongs. After this a bucket of alcohol is dashed over 
the ambitious aspirer to athletic honors, and the rub- 
bers again go over him — this time with a feather, to 
a void injuring the skin. While the rubbers are busy 
the men who are waiting often indulge in a friendly 
fight for their turn ; and some of the stronger succeed 
in wrenching the brass tags from the necks of the 
others. The tags denote the order in which the men 
get rubbed and owing to these fights — which often tax 
the combined efforts of the rubbers in keeping the 
twenty- two young athletes quiet — -it has been suggested 
that a brand of a hot iron be used. 

Our manager has been as successful in creating 
this department, that we sincerely hope he will once 
more rub his Alladin's Lamp and create a bran new 
athletic field, running track and gymnasium. 


Why write about such a commonplace subject as 
an old woman's cow ? Is it possible that anyone is 
unacquainted with the history of this destroyer of a 

The deed was premeditated, there is no getting 
around that ; for did not the cow act queerly the very 
day she came into Chicago ? Did not eye-witnesses 
behold the thoughtful expression that settled down 
upon her intellectual countenance as she gazed at the 
paltry ten-storied buildings ? Many persons at the 
time, thought afterwards — Chicagoans are noted for 
their afterthoughts — that Mrs. O'Leary's cow must 
have perceived that Chicago could never rival New 
York, so long as those insignificant buildings remained 
to impede the heavenward progress of that illustrious 
city. Being a patriotic cow she made up her mind to 
help Chicago. Her way of doing it was queer, her 
intentions were good, and history proves what great 
foresight she had. 

Day by day the poor cow grew weaker and weaker. 
As the place abounds in onions — in fact Chicago sig- 
nifies " onions " in the Pottawatomie tongue — Mrs. 
O'Leary took advantage of this fact and fed her 



beloved cow on them to make her stronger. How 
foolish ! But then she did not know it was worriment 
of mind that was playing havoc with her cow — her 
knowledge cannot be compared to yours and mine. 

On the evening of the ninth of October, 1871, 
Mrs. O'Leary started to milk her cow by the light of 
a small oil lamp, for it was already dark. At last 
here was the chance ! A brilliant idea struck the 
cow, the cow struck the lamp, the lamp set fire to 
some straw ; from the straw the fire crept to the shed, 
and soon all Chicago was in flames. More than 
$200,000,000 worth of property was consumed and 
100,000 people were made homeless. 

Now, Chicago is the focus of a vast railway system, 
and is the greatest food center in the world. As to 
the buildings I Why their tops are so far away that 
they assume the form of pyramids ! 

To return to the subject. The cow perished in the 
fire. Some may say that she committed suicide, but 
all those who have read this narrative and believe 
every word of it will agree with me in saying that 
Mrs. O'Leary's cow ranks with the great martyrs of 
all ages 1 L. C. Claflin. 



Thus far we had jettisoned none of the cargo to 
light the ship, fearing that we might be heard on shore. 
On Sunday, strange to say, for it did not seem pos- 
sible that they ever could have guessed it was the 
Sabbath — we were pleased to receive a visit from a 
number of ladles, and among them appeared two or 
three men of more stylish cut than any we had yet 
seen. The ladies seemed very much interested, and 
went all round the ship admiring everthing, especially 
our large bell. We gave them from our little store, 
a few pairs of scissors and some small looking-glasses, 
and they got a few knick-knacks from the sailors. 
After spending about three hours on board they went 
ashore. This was the first and last time that we had 
the pleasure of their company. 

We were now ready for sea, and on the following 
night we hove up short, ready to trip anchor just 
before daylight on the morrow. The crew then 
inquired of the captain whither he was bound. He 
replied at once, to Shanghai. The agreement had 
been to Foochow, and the crew refused to weigh 

anchor. He finally decided to go to Tamsui, where 
the British consul resided ; to this the crew agreed. 

Early the next morning we triped anchor, and with 
a stiff breeze blowing right off land, bore away towards 
the entrance of the bay. We had gained but little 
headway when the natives noticed us, and took to their 
canoes. As they rapidly gained on us we fired a few 
rifle shots over the poop, which seemed to check their 
progress a little. As the breeze strengthened we grad- 
ually left them behind us, and as soon as we were well 
outside the harbor they gave up the chase. We 
arrived at Tamsui that afternoon. After two days 
of red tape we were ordered by the consul to Amoy. 
We left Tamsui Thursday evening. That night we 
had the pleasure of seeing a volcano in eruption, 
which though a light one could be seen a great way 

We reached Amoy the following noon. The harbor 
at this port is a very picturesque one. Around it on 
every side are large hills made up of huge round rocks. 
One might imagine that some prehistoric race, in 
years gone by, had carried thither an immense stock 
of boulders. The city lay close by the water's edge, 
and was built in the usual Chinese fashion with nar- 
row streets and closely crowded houses. 

The next day after our arrival we unloaded a part,j 
of our cargo, and began the task of overhauling oury 
ship and calking her sides. We had been there 
about a week, when the whole city and harbor was 
thrown into a commotion by the news that a rebellion 
had broken out back in the country, and that a horde 
of rebels were advancing to attack the city. The 
American, French and English gunboats arranged, 
themselves among the shipping to the best advantage ; 
for it was feared that were the enemy successful, in 
the flush of victory, they might do damage to some 
of the ships. The news at once put a stop to all 
business and repairs. Our captain was visited by one 
of the government officials and ordered to be ready 
with a boat's crew at any time, to go ashore and pro- 
tect the consulates. 

The advancing enemy were met by the troops from 
the city, and some hard fighting followed. A French 
priest, who entered the lines to rescue some of his 
converts, reported the ground, in some places, covered 
three deep with bodies. A Chinese mandarin was 
captured, and quartered, and sent back to the city as 




a guarantee of what would be done if the city was 
tai^en This act enraged as well as terrified the pop- 
ulace, and on the following night every junk in the 
harbor that could carry a gun was ordered to keep up 
a continual firing all night long. Such a din as fol- 
lowed you can't imagine. The orders were obeyed to 
the letter. It was hard to understand the object of 
all this noise, as the enemy were out of reach, and it 
seemed a waste of valuable amunition. As near as I 
could learn afterwards, the intention was to frighten 
the rebels, or rather to lead them to believe that guns 
and ammunition were not lacking in the city. Cer- 
tainly the racket could not have been greater had 
there been actual fighting. 

The next morning a British brig sailed into the har- 
bor with fifteen hundred Sepoys onboard. The rebels, 
learning of this re-enforcement, then retired, the 
hubbub gradually died out, and in two or three days 
the work in the harbor resumed its normal condition. 
We finished our task of calking and were again ready 
for use. 

During ail of our stay in Amoy, the captain had 
been out of sorts, and surly with the crew. We 
knew that he was angry with us for having forced 
him to Amoy. One morning he went ashore and had 
the whole crew arrested. We learned afterwards that 
he had procured charges against us from the consul at 
Tamsui for wishing to jettison cargo ; also a protest 
for driving him to Amoy, and he now thought to punish 
us. We were all taken ashore and brought before the 
consulate. The captain picked out the men whom 
he disliked the most as ringleaders, and they were 
sentenced to jail ; the rest of us escaped with a fine 
of I one months pay. This fine I never paid as subse- 
quent events will show ; nor did 1 ever see my impris- 
oned shipmates again. We shipped in their stead, 
some shipwrecked men, whose vessel had foundered 
a little while before on the Formosa coast. These 
men nearly lost their lives among the savages, and it 
was only after intense suffering that they finally got 
back to civilization. One of the men told me the 
story of their adventures and as near as I can remem- 
ber it was as follows : 

The barque on which they sailed was bound from 
Foochow to Manila. They were passing through the 
Formosa strait, when they ran aground on the south- 
western coast of the island. The tide was ebbing and 

the vessel's bow was soon high and dry on the sands. 
They were seen at once by a crowd of natives, who 
flocked to the shore by the hundreds. The first act 
of the savages was to unshakle the anchor, and carry 
it high upon the beach. Having done this they 
returned to the ship and climbed on board in spite of 
all the crew could do to stop them. They drove the 
crew aloft to cut away the sails, and as the canvass 
fell on the decks they fought for the booty like wild 
beasts. At the same time some stripped the copper 
from the ship's sides, while others cut away the boats. 
The latter they carried up on the beach and hacked 
to pieces, each man taking a piece for a trophy. After 
destroying everything on board that they could find, 
they ordered the ship's crew over the side, stripping 
each man of his clothing before he reached the ground. 
The naked band were then marched to the village and 
placed in a hut, where they remained over night, guarded 
by two natives. In the morning they were brought out 
and given some rice and a little weak tea. They 
were then put on the march, they knew not whither. 

Then our sufferings began, said the sailor in nar- 
rating their journey. We were marched all day in the 
burning sun with nothing on our backs to protect us 
from the scorching heat, and brought at sundown into 
some old hovel to pass a wretched night. Day after 
day we kept this up, plodding our way over deserts, 
through woods and swamps, and fording rivers. The 
skin peeled off our bodies and the sharp stones and 
brush terribly lacerated our tender feet. We finally 
reached a more civilized district, where we were given 
kinder treatment. Some wholesome food for which 
we were only too thankful, was given us ; also some 
thin blue cloth which we used as a kind of mantle. 
Our travel was now much easier, and in the course of 
a few days we reached Tamsui and were liberated. It 
seems that the European governments had offered a 
ransom for shipwrecked sailors, and the natives had 
brought us to Tamsui to get the reward. We did not 
care what their purpose was so long as we were free, 
and rid of our captors' company. We mourned the 
loss of our companions, and would gladly have seen the 
natives punished, but we were unable to do anything 
about it. After staying in Tamsui a few days, we 
were sent to Amoy where we have been ever since. 

Our captain, now rid of what he considered the 
worst of his crew, and having filled the vacancies we 



weighed anchor and set sail for Shanghai. The north- 
east monsoons were now setting in very strongly, and 
we had hard work beating up the coast. We arrived 
at our destination at last, after being about six months 
and a half out from Liverpool. 

We unloaded our cargo and made preparations for 
a long stay in port. We were kept busy doing odd 
jobs such as painting, mending the rigging, and so 
forth, and the captain never seemed at a loss to find 
something for us to do most every day. I obtained 
permission to go on shore every evening to visit my 
friend, but the rest of the crew were not allowed to 
go off ship. Many of them took French leave, how- 
ever, and went off for a good time every now and 

My friend used to send off a Chinese sampan every 
night about six o'clock, and returned about nine. One 
night when returning from one of my visits, I had an 
adventure that nearly cost me my life. It was about 
Christmas or New Years and I had been round among 
the bazaars with my friend .that evening hunting for 
some curios to send homd. It was later than usual 
when I left him and boarded the sampan for the ship. 
The city lies at the mouth of the great Yanktsekiang 
river, and the current sets out to sea at that point with 
terrific force. We were obliged to row up the river, 
keeping well within shore and then to row out stream, 
relying upon the current to carry us to our destination. 
As we rowed up along the bank, I heard on shore the 
voice of one of my fellow-seamen, a Scotchman. 
Scoty we used to call him and I hailed him. I knew 
that he had gone ashore without permission and 
thought it best to induce him to return with me. 
After some persuasion I succeeded in getting him into 
the boat. When we reached a point far enough up 
stream, the boatman struck out into the river, and the 
stronger current bore us swiftly towards the ship. 
Scoty and I stood -up in the bow, my companion ready 
to grasp the gangway as soon as came within reach. 
I suppose the boatman was afraid that he was going to 
lose his extra fare, for suddenly without any warning 
the boat was jerked from beneath us. and we fell into 
the dark waters of the river. 

When I rose to the surface the on-rushing waters 
had carried me far away from the ship. Scoty was 
nowhere in sight ; in fact 1 could not have seen him 
had he been only ten feet away, and probably he was 

really no farther away than that all the time. I was ' 
conscious only of being swept onward by the mighty 
current. Suddenly a dark object loomed up before 
me, and then a smaller one. I made a grab at the 
latter and succeed in getting a hold. It proved to be 
a ship's sampan, moored on the port quarter. I tried 
to get into the boat, but was hot equal to the effort. 
Almost at the same time somebody on the other side 
crowled on board. I hailed him at once. " Is that 
you Scoty?" " Yes," he replied, "where are you?" 
" Over here on the other side." " Give me a lift will 
you, I can't get in." With the help of my compan- 
ion I was soon on board, and again by his side. We 
pulled the boat up to the vessels side, and climbed on 
deck. She was an American schooner and was 
anchored about one-half of a mile below our own 
ship. We were treated like kings. They gave us 
dry clothes and bunks for the night, and the next 
morning after breakfast we were rowed back to our 
own vessel. Although I have many times escaped 
death I have always considered that, the closest call 
of all. Had we not met the strange ship we would 
probably have been carried out to sea and have 
perished. E. 

(to be continued.) 


Yale 23, Williams 0. 
U. of P. 18, Brown 0. 
Harvard 2 1 , Dartmouth 0. 
Princeton 58, Franklin & M. 0. 
Cornell 23, Carlisle 6. 
Amherst 0, M. A. C. 0. 
M. I. T. 0, Trinity 0. 
Naval Cadets 1 1 , Bucknell 0. 
West Point 27, Wesleyan 8. 
Bowdoin 59, N. H. college 0. 
Bates 36, U. of Maine 0. 
Penn. State 5, Lafayette 0. 
Swarthmore 6, Rutgers 0. 
Holy Cross 6, Gardner A. C. 0. 
Worcester Tech. 17, Tufts 5. 

"Twinkle, twinkle, little star. 

Up above the trolley car ; 
When the car goes off the track. 

Then I want my nickel back." — Ex. 




Worcester Technology 6, M. A. C. 0. 

Our foot ball team met Worcester Polytechnic 
Institute at Worcester Saturday, Oct. 1 and we were 
defeated 6-0. 

Aggie played In hard luck. Near the end of the 
first half when the ball was on Tech's 20 yd. line in 
their possession they were unable to gain so the signal 
was given for a punt ; but Cooke, Tech., broke through 
and blocked the kick the ball rolling over the goal line. 
• Cooke, M. A. C, and Beaman tried to drop on it but 
both failed and one of Tech's men secured it. This 
counted as a touchback. Again in the second half 
Aggie was on Worcester's 20 yd. line rushing the ball 
at will through Tech's tackles when time was called. 
If the half had been three minutes longer we would 
surely have scored. 

The weather was very hot, it being an ideal day for 
base ball. The home team seemed to be in poor 
physical condition for they were unable to stand the 
warm weather. At the end of most every play a Tech 
man became exhausted. Owing to this fact the game 
was long drawn out. 

The guards back formation was used by our team 
and it proved to be very effective. The team excuted 
these plays very well considering that t hey were only 
practiced once before this game. 

The game was called at 2-30 o'clock and two 
20 minute halves were played. Tech. scored in the 
first half by rushing outside the tackles and around the 
ends. After this touchdown neither side scored. 

The summary : 


Wood, 1 e.. 
Simpon 1 1., 
Nutting. Thraill, 1 g, 
Perkins, c. 
Buclcman, r g., 
Page, Irons, r t., 
Birge, r e., 
Southgate, q b., 
Freennan, 1 h b., 
Walsh, r h b.. 
Brooks, f. b.. 

r e., Ahearn 

r t.. Beaman 


c, Crowell 

1 g., Stanley 

1 t., Hooker 

1 e., Rogers, Dorman 

q b., Y. Canto 

r h b., Cooke 

1 h b.. Canto 

f b.. Nelson 

Summary: Score, Worcester .Polytechnic 6, Mass. 
Agricultural College 0. Touchdown, Brooks. Goal from 
touchdown, Walsh. Time, 20 minute halves. Umpire, W. 
B. Connor. Referee, R. D. Warden. 

Amherst, ; Aggie, 0. 

Saturday Oct. 8, M. A. C. went down to Pratt 
Field to line up against the Amherst team. Aggie 
surprised her friends by putting up such a strong game. 
The Amherst men were considerably heavier but 
were unable to make many repeated gains on the 
M. A. C. men. Most of their gains were made on 
trick plays. Harris opefied the game by kicking off 
to Cooke who ran fifteen yards before he was tackled. 
Barry was then sent around end for 20 yards. The 
tackles were worked for 2 and 3 yards at a time until 
finally Amherst held for four downs, Amherst rushed 
the ball to within 20 yards of the Aggie goal when 
they lost it on a fumble. From here Aggie worked 
the ball down to the centre of the field .where they 
failed to make the required distance. Amherst could 
not gain and the maroon and white plugged away at 
the Amherst line. They were on Amherst's 20 yard 
line, making repeated gains when time was called. 

In the 2nd half both teams were determined to 
score. It was almost a repetition of the first half 
except that Aggie played a kicking game. Nelson 
opened the half by kicking to Ballantine who was 
downed in his tracks. Amherst was unable to gain 
so she resorted to trick plays. By means of one of 
these plays Whitney circled Rogers' end for 40 yards 
Amherst plugged at Aggie's line but to no effect. 
Nelson was sent back for a kick and Amherst again 
worked the ball down only to lose it on our 25 yard 
line. Again Aggie punted the ball but Amherst could 
get no farther than our 20 yard line when time was 
called. Our team played a snappier game than Am- 
herst and considering the wet condition of the field it 
was surprising that our men made so few fumbles. 
On the other hand Amherst fumbled continually. 

The playing of Whitney for Amherst and the team 
work of Aggie were the features. 

The summary is as follows : 


Cook. 1. e., r. e., Ahearn 

Winslow, 1. t., r. t.. Hooker 

Keith, 1. g.. r. g., Ball 

"Butler, c, c., Crowell 

Gladwin, r. g., 1. g-, Stanley 

Ballantine, r. t., 1. t., Beaman 

Watson, r. e.. 1- e., Rogers 

Pratt, q. b., q. b., Canto 

Hatch. 1. h. b., r. h. b., Cooke 
Whitney, 1. h. b. 

Kendall, r. h. b,, 1. h. b., Barry 
Dudley, r. h. b. 

Harris, f. b., t b., Nelson 
Umpire— Dr. Haskell. Referee— Prof. R. E. Smith. 
Linesrnen— Baker and Ford. Time — 15 m. halves. 



folle^f j^otfs. 

— Pay your football subscription ! 

— Gurney '0 1 is studying at the Insectary. 

- — Graves '01 spent Sunday at his home in Hatfield. 

— Kimball '02 is now rooming at H. M. Thomson's. 

— Gapt. W. M. Wright is spending a furlough in 

• — The Aggie Life Board will be photographed by 

— G. T. Ball '02 has joined the Phi Sigma Kappa 

— Dr. G. E. Stone recently spent a Sunday in 

— R. D. Warden has been spending a few days at 
the college. 

— Prof. F. S. Cooley spoke at the fair held in Wil- 
braham Oct. 7th. 

— Rev. Mr. Hartt of Leverett preached in the col- 
lege Chapel Oct. 2. 

— A bronze tablet is to be placed in the chapel in 
memory of Lieut. Dickinson. 

— Ellery Strickland has gone to Santiago to recover 
the body of Lieut. Dickinson. 

— Atkins '00 is the brother of Harvey Atkins who 
died near Santiago during the recent war. 

— The next football game will be played on the 
campus next Saturday with an eleven from Saxton's 

— B. K. Jones of the Hatch Experiment Station 
has been on a short trip collecting fertilizers for 

— W. E. Hinds has been chosen as a delegate to 
attend the Y. M. C. A. convention held in Lynn Oct. 
20th to 23d. 

— Captain W. M. Wright delivered an address 
before the college Oct. 5th upon his experiences in 
the late war. 

— W. Z. Chase '02 is now rooming at the Insectary 
where he is acting as janitor and also studying 

— An interesting article, written by Chujiro Kochi, 
a former student at the Insectary, recently appeared 
in the Arena. 

— S. E. Smith, H. Baker and H. E. Peabody have 
been chosen to serve on the missionary committee of 
the Y. M. C. A. 

— Dacy, Morse, Pe^ody and Smith of the fresh- 
man class have become active members of the col- 
lege Y. M. C. A. . 

— G. A. Drew of the Horticultural department has 
been at the fair at Wilbraham in charge of an exhibit 
from the college. 

— Alfred Goodale, who recently graduated at Am- 
herst College is taking a course in Entomology and 
Botany at the college. 

— An auction of the > magazines and periodicals 
belonging to the Reading Room Association was 
recently held in the Chapel. 

— Lieut. Dickinson will be buried in the national 
cemetery at Arlington. Immediately after the funeral 
memorial services will be held in the college chapel. 

— The back-stop netting of the tennis courts behind 
South College is in a deplorable condition. Either it 
should be mended or taken away and replaced with 

— R. D. Warden, A. Montgomery and G. H. 
Wright have been recommended to the Adjutant- 
General as having attained the highest proficiency in 
military science in the class of '98. 

— One of the most unsightly objects about the college 
grounds is the base ball back-stop, and that too, where 
everyone who passes through must see it. It is cer- 
tainly in a terrible condition and the sooner fixed the 

— The plumbers have already set up most of the 
stoves in North College. One of the improvements 
which we all desire to see is that the north dormitory 
shall be heated by steam. We hope before long to 
see this change brought about. 

— Last spring an article appeared in Life asking 
for bicycle racks to be put in the basement of South 
college. We have not yet seen the racks and the 
fellows still keep their wheels in their rooms. It is 
very unhandy to be obliged to keep your wheel in 
your room, yet who wishes to put it in the basement 
to be banged around and marred. If the college 
would only put a few good racks in a safe place they 
would be greatly appreciated. 



— The Natural History society has re-organized 
with the following officers: Pres't, W. E. Hinds; 
Vice-Pres't, G. F. Parmenter ; Sec't and Treas., 
W. R. Crowell; Directors, W. E. Chapin, F. H. 
Turner, A. C. Monahan, G. F. Stanley. 

■ — The trustees of the college will arrive in town 
sometime the latter part of the week. On Friday 
evening a reception will be held in the chapel to ena- 
ble the trustees to meet the students. It is greatly to 
be desired that as many students shall be present as 

— The freshmen are hard at work at rope-pull prac- 
tice and we suppose the sophomores are too, but if 
they are not they had better be for they will have to 
pull hard this year if they wish to atone for the defeat 
; of last. Both classes have some stocky men and we 
hope to see a good close contest this fall. 

— William H. Armstrong '99, is taking some sub- 
jects at Amherst collerge. Students from Amherst 
have been in the habit of taking courses at our college 
I and we in turn have relied upon Amherst for some 
I subjects. This is evidently a very good practice as it 
brings the two colleges together more and tends 
toward a better feeling between them. 

— When the pond, which lies in front of the college 
buildings was constructed, it was intended to beautify 
the landscape. Now the condition which the pond has 
been in during the summer and at other times, has 
.been anything but pleasing to the eye. The south 
lend especially, which lies nearest to the road has 
been in a wretched condition. A thorough cleaning of 
; the lower end of the pond would remedy matters and 
add a great deal to the surrounding grounds. 

— The musical training which the students of the 

M. A. C. have the advantage of, is as important as 

Ij many of the other departments of the college. This 

[i year there has been a great deal of material brought 

Lin with the freshmen and there should be a strong 

(competition for positions on the choir and glee club. 

; A thorough musical training forms an important part 

jof a man's education and here is a chance that is 

jnot possible, in every institution. A competent 

trainer is provided and everything possible is done for 

the success of the department. The students should 

practice and work hard so that at the end of the year 

there will be better results than ever before shown. 

— There are lively times in the drill hall almost 
every evening. The freshmen have a new basket-ball 
and are out in goodly numbers trying for the class 
team. The sophomores intend to reorganize their 
team of last year and there are a number of good 
players in the upper classes. Why not form a sched- 
ule of games for this winter ? Basket ball certainly 
furnishes a good amount of exercise and then, too, it 
would help us to promote class spirit, 

— The room in the basement of South college at 
the middle entry, has been turned into training quar- 
ters for the foot ball team. It has been repainted, a 
new floor laid, and closets and a rubbing table built. 
This forms a much needed acquisition, and with two 
good men as rubbers the fellows certainly ought to be 
in good condition to play the game. The team is 
playing good hard foot ball, but it would be even 
better if we could get a good second eleven out every 
day to give them practice. 

— Monday morning immediately after chapel exer- 
cises, Dr. Wellington gave the students a short talk 
on the social side of college life. He told briefly of 
enthusiasm and spirit shown along this line in the 
great German universities and urged the need of these 
same qualities in our own college. What we need at 
the college is more of that spirit which binds the men 
together and makes them loyal to their college as a 
whole. The singing of our different college songs is 
one way to show this spirit which means so much to 
the M. A. C. 




At the last meeting of the M. A. C. Associate 
Alumni, Section 2 of Article 11 of the constitution was 
amended so as to read; " Each member shall pay to 
the treasurer at the time of his admission an entrance 
fee of one dollar, and each member shall pay to the 
treasurer an annual assessment of one dollar which 
shall be considered due at the time of the annual 
meeting. Any member three years in arrears for 
annual dues or assessments shall forfeit his member- 
ship in the association provided he shall have received 
from the secretary or treasurer of the association 
three bills or notices of his indebtedness. Such per- 



son shall be restored to membership upon payment of 
all arrears or by re-election. This amendment shall 
take effect at once but shall not apply to dues or 
assessments previous to June, 1897." 

Jas. B. Paice, Sec'y. 

72. — E. B. Bragg is general manager of the 
National Chemical Co. of Cleveland, Ohio. 

'81.— C. D. Warner '81 is with the Southern His- 
tory Co., Halderman, Conard & Co. Props., Publish- 
ers Si Engravers,of St. Louis, Mo. 

'91. — H. J. Field. The following account of Mr. 
Field's marriage is copied from the Springfield Repub- 
lican of Oct. 6. '98. 

" Henry J. Field and Myrtle Emerson, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Willis Leeds Brown of Waltham were 
married last evening at the bride's home, 331 Cres- 
cent street. The ceremony was performed by Rev. 
Dr. Frederick B. Greul of the First Baptist church of 
Waltham. The ushers were Charles H. Wilcox, and 
P. E. Woodward of this city, and E. W. Barton of 
Worcester. Six intimate friends of the bride with 
satin ribbons formed an aisle in the parlor through 
which the bridal party passed. The ceremony was 
performed with the bridal pair standing in the bay 
window, which was decorated with palms, evergreens, 
ferns and autumn foliage. The wedding march from 
Lohengrin was played by Mrs. Harry C. Lynian of 
Watertown. The bridesmaids were Miss Mellie E. 
Brown, sister of the bride, Miss Lucia M. Field, sis- 
ter of the groom. Miss Mollie B. Hayden of South Deer- 
field, Miss Isabel 0. Beaman of this town. Miss Marion 
B. Wricklep of Westfieldand Miss Ella M. Saltmarsh 
of Waltham. The bride was dressed in white mouse- 
line de sole over white satin, with a tulle veil, and car- 
ried bride roses. A reception followed fhe ceremony. 
Mr. and Mrs. Field will be at home to their friends in 
Greenfield after December 1 at 12 Union street. 
Among the guests present were friends from Lynn, 
Boston, Cambridge, Leominster, Worcester, West- 
field, Greenfield, Leverett, Brattleboro, Chicago and 
this city." 

'91. — W. A. Brown married to Miss Stella Helen 
Price, June 2, 1897, at Iowa City, la. 

'92. — Dr. R. P. Lyman, married Wednesday Feb. 
.16, 1898, at Hartford, Conn, to Miss Annie Downing 

'95. — F. C. Tobey. We wish to correct a mistake 
made in the last issue of The Life in Mr. Tobey's 
address, which should be. Instructor in English at Mt. 
Pleasant military academy, Sing Sing-on-the-Hudson, 
New York. 

'96. — A. B. Cook was recently at the College. 

'96. — A. S. Kinney is acting as head gardener at 
Mt. Holyoke college. South Hadley, Mass. 

'97. — P. H. Smith, Assistant in foods and feeding 
department at Hatch Experiment Station. 

'97. — H. J. Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong's present 
address is. Road master's office. 111. Central R. R., 
Calhoun St., Station, Memphis, Tenn. 

'98. — The following cadets of the class of '98 have^ 
been reported by Capt. Wright to the Adjutant-Gen- 
eral of the army and the Adjutant-General of Mass. 
as having shown the greatest proficiency in the Mili- 
tary department for the year of 1897-1898: Cadet 
Major, R. D. Warden, Cadet Captain, A. Montgom- 
ery Jr., Cadet Captain G. H. Wright. 

'98. — G. H. Wright has accepted a position asil 
instructor at Dr. Brown's Institution, at Barre, Mass. 

'98. — R. D. Warden has been spending the past 
few days at College. 

'99.— C. W. Smith ex-'99 as a member of Co. L., 
of the 5th Mass, Vol. Inf. is now stationed at Camp 
Meade, Middletown, Penn. 

'92. — J. L. Field. The following copied from the 
Northampton Gazette will prove interesting to Mr,' 
Field's many friends. : 

" A pretty wedding took place in Leverett Satur-i 
day, when Elizabeth Peck Field, daughter of B. M. 
Field, was united in marriage to Judson Leon Fielc 
of Chicago. The ceremony took place in the Firs' 
Congregational church, which was artistically decoratec 
for the occasion. The color scheme was white anc 
green, and white asters made a pleasing contrast tc 
the rich, vivid green of the mountain laurel. The bri- , 
dal procession retained the same simple coloring, the ' 
four bridesmaids in white organdies over green carry- 
ing maiden-hair ferns, the maid of honor in white 
India silk with green over-dress, carrying white sweel ' 
peas, the bride, charmingly gowned in white silk mus- 
lin over taffeta, with tulle veil, carrying bride roses. 
At 3 o'clock the bridal party entered as the weddinj J 



march was sung effectively by Mrs. Charles Slocumb 
of Greenfield, cousin of the bride. The groom, with 
his brother, Henry J. Field of Greenfield, as best 
man, awaited the bride at the altar. The ceremony 
was performed by Rev. George E. Fisher of North 
Amherst and Rev. Rollin Lynde Hartt of Leverett. 
The bridesmaids were Miss Martha Blackstone of 
Springfield, Miss Lucia Field of Leverett, Miss Eliz- 

, abeth Ingram of Wakefield and Miss Lucy Pierce of 
Hartford. Miss Lucy Belle Ingram acted as maid of 
honor. The ushers were Walter Boynton of Spring- 

L field. Edward B. Holland of Amherst, William 
Ollendorff of West Medway. Daniel Beaman of Lev- 
erett. Miss Bertha Wolcott of Greenfield, a pupil of 
W. C. Hammond, rendered with skilled interpretation 
selections from Wagner, Chopin and Schumann. 
Immediately after the ceremony a small reception 
was given at the home of the bride. Mr. and Mrs. 
Field are to live in Chicago and will be at home to 
their friends Tuesdays in December, Mr. Field was 
graduated from the State College at Amherst in 1892 

! and is now with the firm of Marshall Field & Co. in 

Chicago. The bride is a graduate of Smith college. 

'94. — F. L. Greene '94 is now studying for the 

degree of Master of Arts in the Teachers' college, 

' Columbia University, having been appointed over a 
large number of competitors to a graduate scholar- 
ship in education. He expects to receive his degree 
next June. New York address, 321 West 1 17th St.; 
permanent address, Southampton, N. Y., Box 266. 

'98. — J. P. Nickerson has entered the Medical 
School of Tufts College. 

'99. — Carl W. Smith as a member of Company L 
of the 5th Mass. Reg. Vols, is stationed at Camp 

'00. and '01. — Walker '00 and Paul '01, members 
of the 8th Reg. Mass. Vols., are now stationed at 
Camp Hamilton, Ky. 


Among the exchanges which we receive is one— 
The Scientific American, which, though not a college 
publication, we always read with great interest. The 
Exchange Editor believes that anything he could 

say would be inadequate to express his opinion of the 
worth of this paper. No one who has read one 
of its issues during the Spanish-American War 
but must admit that the paper has been extremely 
instructive, especially to those not acquainted with 
mechanical terms. The brief and simple descriptions 
devoid of technical words — or if used explaining them 
— found in this " weekly journal " have been a source 
of education to every class of people, and we regret 
that it is not found in the homes of more. 

T\\e Amherst Student oi October 1 contains several 
fine articles along the line of athletics. 

The little story of college life under " The Lounger" 
in the Illini gives a very correct portrayal of the 
" funny ? " student whom we so often meet. 

Visitor — " How is your grandson doing at college? " 

Grandmother — Well, I am afraid, not very well. 

He wrote some time ago that he was at the head of 

his class; and again, soon after, that he was half 

back. — Ex. 

Teacher — (to a timid scholar with a weak voice, 
who had just translated a passage of French) — "What 
did you say ? " 

Scholar — ■" Nothing." — Ex. 

Wiiether tliey rest in dear New England graves, 

Or far away beneath a southern sky, 
Or coldly toss within the heartless waves. 

Without a shroud or sign of sympathy, — 
They died, like soldiers who know how to die. 

And the' from many a town a stifled cry 
Rises in many a heart at eventide, 

To think of dear lives parted utterly, 
Still, softening sorrow swells the note of pride. 

Knowing, as heroes die, our soldier boys have died. — Ex. 

Private to com. officer — " What is acommission?" 
Com. Officer — " Why, ten per cent, commission 
on the profits at Prize Drill, of course." — Ex. 


Some boys were seated in a circle, telling stories. 
As one ended his narrative another spoke up, "I have 
a good story to tell. I don't think I ever told it 

One of the group : " Is it really a good one ?" 

The first: " Yes, it is." 

" Then you never told it before." — Ex. 



The department " College World " in the Holy 
Cross Purple deserves mention. It is extremely inter- 
esting and gives many valuable facts concerning col- 
leges and universities. 

To him who is interested in college athletics we 
would say, " You can not better spend ten cents than 
by buying The College Athlete." This little book is 
well gotten up and gives the condition up to date of 
every team of note in the country. Moreover com- 
parisons of teams are made and many valuable points 
may be gathered therefrom. Also references and 
cuts are given of individuals who have become noted 
in college athletics. The book is full worth the 
moderate price asked for it. 


San Jose Scale. This bulletin gives a full account 
of the spread of the San Jose scale in the United 
States during the last two years and of the work which 
has been done by economic entomologists in the 
effort to subdue it. By L. O. Howard. 

Library number 595 — 535. 

Old High School. This interesting book, edited by 
Charles Wells Chapin, is a history of the " Old High 
School " on School street, Springfield, Mass., with 
biographical sketches of many of its teachers and 
pupils. It portrays the village school of sixty years 
ago in a vivid manner, and after reading some of the 
anecdotes we are inclined to believe that roguery is 
not wholly confined to the present generation. 

Library number 379 — 6. 

Hawaiian Commerce from 1887 — 1897. A small 
book which reviews briefly the leading features of the 
foreign trade enjoyed by the islands, and especially 
of the trade relations they have established with the 
United States. 

Library number 996 — 3. 

Thomas Hughes, author of " Tom Brown's School- 
days " has furnished the public another valuable book, 
entitled Vacation Rambles. It is composed of letters 
written for an English journal while their author was 
visiting in America and Europe. The book is some- 
what peculiar, but is written in a very fascinating way, 
there being much drollery and humor interwoven with 

the historical. §ome of the descriptions are espec- 
ially fine. Hughes does not let the smallest object 
escape his scrutiny as is illustrated by the following, 
written while he was visiting a Texas ranch 5 
" 1 was sitting just now in the verandah in front of thisa 
ranch cabin, looking lazily, now eastward over the 
river and the wide Texas plains beyond, fading away 
in the haze till the horizon looked like the Atlantic in 
a calm, now westward to the jagged outline of the 
Sierra Nevada, gleaming in the sunshine sixty miles: 
away, when 1 became aware of something moving ati 
my feet. Looking down, I saw that worthy small per- 
son, the tumble bug of the U. S. A., rolling a ball of 
dirt he had put together, till it was at least four time^ 
as big as himself. In a few seconds he was acrossi 
the floor, and in amongst the stones which lay thickly 
over the slope beyond. Here his troubles began. 
First he pushed his ball backwards over a big stone, , 
on the further side of which it fell, and he with it. 
headlong, — no, not headlong, stern foremost, — some i 
five inches rolling over one another twice at the bot- 
tom Well, 1 won't trouble you further with 

particulars of his journey but he ran his big ball into 
his hole under a mosquito bush nineteen and one-half 
yards from the spot on the verandah where I first 
noticed him in eleven minutes and a few seconds by 
the watch. In the depressed condition of Mexico, 
might not this enormous bug-power be utilized some- 
how for the benefit of the republic." 

Library number 910: — 20. 


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The reception which was tendered to the Trustees 
of the college on the evening of October fourteenth 
proved to be one of the most enjoyable affairs of the 
season, and we sincerely hope that it will become 
an annual event which will be looked forward to with 
eager anticipation by Trustees, Faculty and Students. 
Some were there who had never enjoyed the pleasures 
and privileges of a college course but this fact did not 
mar the district college spirit of the occasion. Noth- 
ing could have served better to bring the Trustees into 
closer touch with the feelings and needs of the student- 
body, and the closer this touch the better can we work 
for the welfare of our college. 

Nothing so arouses interest and enthusiasm in 
sports as the success of the athletic teams and we feel 
that the success of our eleven this autumn should prove 
an inspiration to all branches of athletics during the 
year. Many of the difficulties in the way of arranging 
games with older colleges have been removed and we 

can see no reason why Aggie should not make a good 
showing in competition with these institutions. If 
nothing unfore-seen happens and if the students are 
truly loyal, it seems that next year we shall have a still 
stronger eleven upon the gridiron. This would be of 
great benefit to Aggie and so we urge the men not to 
let up for a single day in their foot ball practice. Do 
your very best. It is unfortunate that several of the 
games scheduled have been canceled but we hope that 
other games may be secured to fill the vacancies and 
that the team may close this season with the best 
record shown for years. 

Eight years ago this autumn a number of energetic, 
enthusiastic Aggie students organized what is known 
as the Natural History Society. This organization 
had for its purpose the collection and study of natural 
objects and the promotion of interest in the natural 
sciences among its members. Soon, however, the 
original plan of talks by members concerning their 
observations was practically changed into a lecture 
course, the talk for the evening being given usually by 



some member of the Faculty. So it is that to-day 
very little is done along the line originally proposed and 
the work of the Society has come to consist of provid- 
ing interesting and instructive lectures for some of the 
long winter evenings. These lectures have been made 
public and as no admission has been charged the 
Society has depended for the small amount necessary 
to meet its expenses upon a slight admission fee for 
new members. Unfortunately no members were 
received last year. Sophomores and Freshmen should 
be represented in this organization and no'M is the best 
time for any undergraduate, who is not already a 
member to hand in his name as a candidate for mem- 
bership. Names must be proposed at one meeting 
and voted upon at the next. Those desiring to become 
members should hand their names to W. R. Crowell 
who is Secretary and Treasurer of the Society. 


Early in the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 14th, my 
attention was drawn to a number of rather dignified 
looking gentlemen with stove-pipe hats and canes 
scattered quite at random about the college grounds. 
An extraordinary bustle, and the swelling of the ranks 
of the dignitaries by students and professors presaged 
something unusual. Being bold enough to make in- 
quiries I learned that the Sophomore-Freshman rope- 
pull contest was scheduled for that afternoon at two 
o'clock. I decided to see the fun. 

At two, things v/ere in readiness. The stovepipes 
with the aid of their proteges had roped off the spot 
where the struggle was to be. The teams took their 
places. Professor Lull, the referee examined the 
shoes of each man and after the salutary but quite 
unnecessary caution to the Freshmen not to run off 
with the rope, gave the command, "One, two, three, 
drop," and the struggle was on. 1901 got the drop. 
The teams were not badly matched, though the Sopho- 
mores were probably a little heavier. The Freshmen 
pulled well and made one distinct gain on the enemy, 
but 1901 held their ground with little difficulty. 
Although the Freshmen struggled hard to bring the 
handkerchief to their side of the bar, when Professor 
Hasbrouck announced that time was up, it still remained 
in nearly the same position as at the start, 1901 were 
declared winners of the day, and by their victory the 
owners of one hundred feet of rope. 



We had now been in Shanghai about four months 
and as winter was breaking up, we made preparations 
for the homeward voyage. On the morning of April 
the 22d we left Shanghai harbor for Hong Kong. 
The crew and the captain had not been getting along 
very harmoniously ever since leaving Amoy, and no 
wonder ; we had the same provisions served out to us 
during all our stay in Shanghai that we had had at 
sea. This dissatisfaction finally broke out into a 
mutiny, as we shall see later. 

Arriving at Hong Kong we took on board half a 
cargo of sugar candy for Bombay, India. We also 
engaged to carry a troop of about three hundred 
Sepoys to the same port. One day about half past 
six in the afternoon, after working steadily all day get- 
ting things ready for the accommodation of our Sepoy 
passengers, fixing water-barrels, getting on board their 
supply of food, and so forth, we were ordered to clear 
anchor chains, leaving a couple of turns preparatory to 
weighing anchor for sailing, probably on the m.orrow. 
We had hardly begun this task when we were stopped 
to transfer on board several lighters of goods and pro- 
visions for the troops. Completing this job, we fin- 
ished clearing hawser and got the short chain on a 
single anchor about half-past eight. All this time the 
crew had had no supper, and were getting hungry and 
tired. The chief officer then ordered the crew aloft 
to loosen the gaskets and hoist the top sailyards. 
This they refused to do before having some food, and 
a little rest. We were then allowed to go to supper, 
but before we got half through in came the captain, 
apparently intoxicated, and swearing like a trooper. 
He at once ordered us to go aloft and man the top- 
sail halyards. We refused to comply, saying that we 
had worked long enough for that day. A wrangle fol- 
lowed and as we refused to give in, the captain and 
two of the officers went on shore and brought off the 
police boat. All hands were handcuffed, marched 
into the boat, and carried ashore, where we were 
placed in a Chinese prison over night. 

In the morning, after a luncheon of bread and weak 
tea, we were marched to the court house and brought 
before the British magistrate. The captain then 
charged us with mutiny, but after a fair trial the 
judge decided that we were not guilty and discharged 



us. On the way down to the boat the police officer 
told us that he thought our captain powerless to com- 
pel us to go with him, and advised us to strike. 
Accordingly, as soon as all were on board, the whole 
crew, except the petty officers, struck and refused to 
go to work. Part of us were then put in irons. The 
next day the captain notified the police, but they took 
no notice of it. Finding that he could not get the aid 
of the authorities, he went to a man-of-war lying in the 
harbor, and brought off the captain. He spoke to the 
crew, giving them a few points of the law, and asked 
them to return to their work. As they refused to do 
this, he tried bluster, saying if we were his crew he 
would tie us up and flog us every one. This threat 
did not scare us any, for he had no jurisdiction over 
us whatever, and in the first place had no business 
talking to us in that threatening manner. He finally 
left us — a discomfitted man 1 imagine — and went 
back to his own vessel. We remained firm in our 
determination not to give in, for we felt if we did we 
should have to endure tyranny all our way hom.e. 

The Sepoys were now brought on board, and the 
ship gotten under weigh by the petty officers. We 
had not been long at sea, before the captain wanted 
our help the worst way, but it was not till after many 
promises that we returned to work. 

After a short, uneventful passage we arrived at 
Singapore. We went into this port principally to get a 
fresh supply of provisions for the passengers who, as 
they never ate meat of any kind, were obliged to stop 
and get some fresh food. We also took on a load of 
redwood to make room for which the Sepoys were 
crowded between decks, and not contented with this, 
the captain put on load of scantling boards, piling up 
our decks so that we barely had room to belay a rope 
on the mainmast. After a nine days' stay in Singa- 
pore, we received orders from the naval department to 
leave port, why I never knew. 

Just before leaving this port, occurred an event that 
had much to do with our final release from the ship. 
I have not mentioned before in this sketch that in the 
early part of our voyage, we had formed a circle for 
reading. It started in this way : I had always been a 
great reader, and was constantly supplied with books 
and papers from home. One evening I read a serial 
story to two of my shipmates, who became very much 
interested, and gradually, one by one, the whole crew 

were drawn in. There was one exception, however, a 
phlegmatic old Dutchman, who never seemed to take 
much interest in anything. He would sit for hours, 
when off duty, smoking his pipe and apparently lost to 
all that was going on around him. He meddled with 
nobody and always performed his work satisfactorily 
as far as I could see, but somehow or other the cap- 
tain got down on him while we lay in Singapore. 

One night the crew were all below, enjoying a new 
serial story that I had just begun. Everything was 
quiet on board ; the Sepoys were scattered about the 
deck on the spars and long boat, jabbering away as 
only East Indian natives can. The Dutchman, as 
usual, took no part in our reading and discussions and 
in the early part of the evening went up on the fore- 
castle deck to smoke. When a ship is lying at anchor 
in a harbor, it is customary to keep an anchor watch, 
and it so happened on this particular evening that the 
Dutchman had first watch. We took no particular 
notice of his departure, and finishing our story, we 
turned in about nine o'clock for the night. Going on 
deck in the morning, we noticed the Dutchman Wash- 
ing his face and hands in a bucket on the edge of the 
saloon deck. After coffee we were mustered aft to 
wash the decks. We noticed quite a large quantity of 
blood around the mizzin mast, and in the scuppers ; 
also a tarpaulin hanging over the mizzin boom. After 
finishing our task we went below for breakfast and 
then found the Dutchman in his bunk with his head 
all bandaged up. After a little questioning he related 
his pathetic story. 

It seems that while quietly smoking on the preced- 
ing evening he had fallen asleep. Some time during 
the evening the chief officer had gone forward and, 
finding the man asleep as he supposed upon his watch, 
he had called the captain. The poor fellow was then 
carried aft and hung up by the hands to the mizzen 
boom to be left there till morning. A tarpaulin was 
thrown over his suspended body to hide him from all 
passers-by. Of course the pain was something fear- 
ful, and the poor man was nearly dead when released 
the next morning. He was quite free from blame as 
he had never been placed upon this watch, and had 
fallen asleep in his own time. 

This was the climax of all the injustice that we 
had suffered at this captain's hands. We were fight- 
ing indignant at his cruelty, and tried our best to 




persuade the Dutchman to go ashore, and to a magis- 
trate, or even a naval court, and have justice done, 
but our arguments were of no avail. He obstinately 
refused to go and remained with us to the end of our 
voyage. He never, howevet, got over the effects of 
that night and gradually lost strength and energy. 

We left Singapore and beat our way up through the 
straits of Malacca, bound for Bombay. It did seem 
as though we were destined to misfortune during the 
whole of that voyage. If it were possible, I should 
say the old ship was possessed of a devil ; certain it 
is that the captain had one. We twice ran aground 
in the Straits. The first time we got the ship off with 
little trouble, but the second time she stuck like a 
good one. We tried to get her off by backing sails 
but, maneuver the yards as we would, she would not 
budge. We got out our boat and tried to pull her off 
but she would not go. Our last recourse was to jetti- 
son cargo, and this we began to do. We first threw 
all the lumber overboard, and then tried to pull her 
off, but she still stuck fast. We then began in the 
main hold, and had just started on the cargo of sugar 
candy, when she slid off into deep water. We again 
got under weigh and leaving the Straits of Malacca, 
we sailed across Bengal Bay, rounded Cape Cormora, 
arriving at last in Bombay. 

We were destined to lie at this port many days 
waiting for a cargo. Fresh difficulties broke out 
between the captain and the crew, but these were 
finally settled. One day the captain gave us permis- 
sion to go ashore ; he also gave us each five dollars 
for a present. What purpose he had in mind to 
prompt such a generous act, 1 never knew, but 1 knew 
the man too well to believe that it came from any 
charitableness of heart. He also promised us our 
discharge, if we would get substitutes. This we all 
did, for we were only to glad to get rid of the ship, but 
when we brought our men on board and asked for our 
discharge, the captain backed down and refused to 
carry out his promises. We insisted that he should 
keep his agreement, but he would not yield. I rather 
suspected that he was hoping for just such an oppor- 
tunity to present itself. He went on shore the very 
next day, and brought a charge against us for general 
mutinous conduct and for " broaching " cargo. We 
were arrested, carried ashore and brought before a 
Parsee magistrate, who judged us guilty and imposed 

a fine upon each of us, varying in amount from ten to 
one hundred rupees. We stood out against his 
decision, and two of the crew petitioned Judge Barton, 
then head magistrate at Bombay, for redress. We 
also asked for an immediate summons of the captain, 
which the judge, after listening to our story, readily 
granted. The Dutchman was brought ashore, and 
made to relate the pathetic story which I have already 
told you. The judge was terribly indignant. 

" How can I send these men away with you after 
such conduct!" he exclaimed, " it would be danger- 
ous. A more dastardly act than your treatment of 
that poor helpless seaman, I have never known ! " 

The brazen-faced wretch then brought up a charge 
against us for " broaching " the outward cargo from 
Liverpool, but the judge refused to consider it, saying 
that the time for bringing up a charge had gone by. 
He then told the captain that he ought to thank the crew 
for their forbearance, for had they brought this charge 
before him upon their arrival in port, he would have 
given him three months imprisonment without the 
option of a fine. The captain then wanted to give us 
a six months' bill upon the ship's owners in payment 
of our wages. We again resisted, and appealed to the 
judge, who ordered the captain to pay every man his 
wages in full. He tried his meanness to the last, but 
we got the best of it, and best of all, we got rid of the 

The newspapers soon got hold of the matter, and 
made a great hubbub, in which the judge came in for 
a good deal of censure. The captain paid a military 
officer, who had witnessed our being in irons in Hong 
Kong harbor, to write up a short article for a Bombay 
paper, saying that we were a rascally and mutinous 
lot. This article aroused a good many against us, 
who declared the judge was wrong and that it was a 
good way to fill the town with disbanded sailors who 
would very likely become "beach combers " for the 
rest of their lives. Others took our side and the con- 
troversy waxed and waned, at the end of a week,, 
dying out ahogether. ^ 

In about two weeks' time all but two of the crew" 
had shipped on other vessels. A little later I secured 
a position on the Y. 1. P. Railway, and my companion 
went on one of the pilot boats, where he remained for 
many years. Before separating, each man of the old 
crew subscribed a sum of money for the Bombay 




Hospital. This was sent as a thanks gift to Judge 
Barton, and to the master of the Sailor's Home, where 
we had put up during all our stay in Bombay. By 
this act we justified the judge's decision. In a 
month's time not one of the crew, who could be 
called a " beach comber," remained in Bombay. 

To return to the old ship. The shipping- master at 
the port has succeded in getting our old skipper a new 
crew, but they rebelled the second day on board. The 
captain got a crew at last and sailed for Burma. 1 
heard a few years afterwards that the ship ran aground 
on some bar and was lost, but this I cannot affirm. 

After two or three year's service in Bom.bay, I 
returned to England for another rest. This ended the 
most memorable visit, if it may be so-called, that I 
ever made. Everett. 


M. A. C, 40 ; Vermont Academy 0. 

Aggie played her first home game of the season 
Saturday, Oct. 15, with V. A. and won a complete 

Our Captain tried to arrange two 30 minutes halves 
but the V, A. management would only agree to play 
25 and 15 minute halves. 

It was an ideal day for foot ball and our team took 
advantage of this as was manifested by their snappy 

Captain Fiske won the toss and chose to defend 
the north goal. He also had the wind in his favor. 
Nelson kicked off to Alden who advanced the ball five 
yards before he was downed. At this stage of the 
game Vermont played her best article of football. 
They banged away at our tackles or rather outside the 
tackles and gained 10 yards. Then our boys woke up 
and held them for four downs. Aggie banged at the 
right tackle for 2 yards. Gile was sent around the end 
but failed to gain. He was again tried at left end and 
before he was tackled he had covered 20 yards. It 
might be said that the interference was superb during 
the whole game. On the next play the ball was 
fumbled and a V. A. man fell on it. Again M. A. C. 
kept the visitors from gaining the required distance. 

Gile was sent around end for 10 yards. On the 
next play the signal was given for Stanley to run 

through left tackle Cooke and Rogers were equal to 
the occasion and opened a hole as big as a house. 
As a result of this Stanley landed the ball behind the 
goal posts for a touch-down. 

Locke kicked off, the wind carrying the ball over 
the goal line. He again kicked off to Cooke who 
advanced the ball 5 yards. Aggie by a series of 
rushes on left tackle landed the ball at the centre of 
the field. Here the visitors held for four downs. 
Alden was sent through his own tackle. He succeeded 
in getting through the line and had a clear field with 
the exception of Nelson ; but he shook him off and 
had it not been for Stanley's great sprint and tackle 
V. A. would have scored. Some of Vermont's 
players thought Stanley went by steam. On this play 
Alden ran 40 yards this being the only time our goal 
was in danger. 

Here Aggie held for four downs and before the half 
was over had chalked up 28 points. 

In the second half Aggie had the wind with them 
and played a kicking game. Vermont should have 
resorted to this style of game in the first half. In this 
second half our team scored two touchdowns and 
kicked the goals making the final score 40-0. 

Aggie played her best game of the season and the 
snappy playing was especially encouraging to the sup- 
porters of the team. Some of the plays were executed 
before the other team was lined up. 

This Vermont team was the champion team of 
their state last year and will undoubtedly hold their 
own this season. 

The summary: 

M. A. c. 
Rogers, 1. e„ 
Cook, 1. t., 
Ball, 1. g., . 
Crowell, c, 
Stanley, r. g., 
Beaman, r. t., 
Ahearn, r. e.. 
Canto, q. b., 
Gile (capt) 1. h. b. 
Barry, r. h. b. 
Nelson, f, b.. 

1. e 


r. e., Arnold 

r. t., Forgette 

r. g.. Stone 

c, Sherburne 

1. g., Orton 

1. 1., Coon 

,, H. Fiske (capt) 

q. b., Lawton 

r. h. b. Alden 

1. li. b. Hahn 

f. b., Locke 

Score, Mass. State College 40. Touchdowns, Stanley 4, 
Ball, Barry. Goals from touchdowns. Nelson 5. Goal from 
field. Nelson. Umpire, J. Berdan. Referee, R. D. Warden. 
Linesmen, Fisk and F. H.Turner. Time 25 and 15m halves. 



WiLLisTON, 6 ; Aggie, 0. 

Aggie met her old rival, the Williston eleven, at 
Easthampton last Saturday and although a large del- 
egation went over to yell for Aggie, Williston's luck 
and over-confidence on the part of our team won the 
game for the Easthampton boys. The campus was 
an expanse of mud and *^ater which made fumb- 
ling a feature of the game. 

The game opened with Captain Gile defending the 
south goal. Spence kicked off to Canto who ad- 
vanced the ball eight yards before being downed. 
Ball was sent through centre for five yards, and centre 
plays were continued for gains of six and eight yards 
until Aggie lost the ball on a fumble on Williston's 
25 yard line. 

Casey was sent around right end for a gain on a 
fake play. In the following plays Aggie held in her 
old form and Williston attempted an end punt which 
failed, Aggie securing the ball. 

Aggie again carried the ball down the field only to 
lose it on another fumble. Williston again succeeds 
in a trick play around right end but was held for three 
downs, so Spence was obliged to punt. 

Aggie tried right end for no gains and the ball was 
given to Williston for offside play. Williston tried 
the ends for short gains but finally lost the ball. 
Aggie punted for a gain of twenty yards. Williston 
went around left end for fifteen yards. Here Aggie 
held for do^vns and the first half was ended with no 

In the second half Nelson kicked off to Spence 
who was downed in his tracks. Williston again tried 
trick end plays for gains but they found few holes in 
Aggie's line : Punting was now resorted to by Willis- 
ton and with the wind in her favor this resulted in her 
placing the ball on our three yard line. Here Aggie 
held well but could not prevent the ball from being 
pushed over for a touchdown. The goal was kicked 
making the score 6-0. 

Aggie again kicked off with but four minutes re- 
maining to play. During this time Aggie was rapidly 
pushing the ball down the field but the time was 
called with the ball on Williston's ten yard line. 
Score 6-0. 

The summary : 


Nutting (capt), 1. e.. 
Nelson, 1. t., 
Kirltland, 1. g., 
Weiss, c, 
Foster, r. g., 
O'Neil, r. t., 
Mosher, Clancy, r. e., 
Spence, q. b., 
Maddox, Hart, 1. h. b., 
Casey, Maddox, r. h. b., 
Sherman, f. b., 

M. A. c. 

r. e., Ahearn, Hooker 

r. t., Beaman 

r. g., Ball 

c, Crowell 

1. g., Stanley 

1. t.. Hooker, Cook 

1. e., Rogers 

q. b.. Canto 

r. h. b., Gile 

1. h. b.. Barry, Pearson 

f. b., Nelson 

Score — Williston 6, Aggie 0. Touchdown — Maddox. 
Referee — Keith of Amherst College. Umpire — Mayher of 
Easthampton. Linesmen — Professors Leach and F. H. 
Turner. Timekeeper — Prof. Babson. Time — 20-minute 

Colle;^^ NotfS" 

— Walker '00 has left college. 

— Brown '00 has returned to College. 

— J. M. Ovalle has been in town for a few days. 

— Belden '02 recently received a visit from his 

— F. H. Turner recently spent Sunday in East- 

— L. C. Claflin '02 recently received a visit from 
his father. 

— L. C. Clafflin '02 has joined the Phi Sigma 
Kappa fraternity. 

— Rev. R. C. Bell of Granby occupied the College 
pulpit last Sunday. ■ 

— Professor and Mrs. Lull are entertaining friends 
from New York city. 

— T. F. Cooke has injured his leg and will not play 
foot ball for some time. d 

— R. E. Kimball '02 has entered the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. 

— The College Banjo club has re-organized and 
has commenced rehearsing. 

— Dr. Charles S. Walker attended the Conference 
recently held in South Hadley. 

■ — C. M. Walker '99 is studying music with Prof. 
William C. Hammond of Holyoke, 



— M. H. Pingree and B. H. Smith of the senior 
class spent Sunday in Northampton. 

— A. D. Gile '00 has returned to College, having 
been mustered out from his regiment. 

— C. E. Dwyer is recovering from the injuries 
which he sustained of a fall from a window. 

— Professor and Mrs. S. T. M"aynard entertained a 
party of friends from Smith College last Sunday. 

— Prof. S. T. Maynard was one of the committee to 
judge fruit at the fair recently held in Belchertown. 

— J. C. Chapman, formerly a member of the class 
of '99, will re-enter College in the Sophomore class. 

— F. E. Hemenway, formerly of the class of '01 
has entered the Sophomore class of Boston University. 

— F. A. Merrill, having accomplished sufficiently 
advanced work, will be graduated with the class of 

— F. A. Merrill '00 is tutoring Mr. Nolton of New 
York city who intends to enter the College next 

— Mr. Hooper who was to address the Y. M. C. A. 
Wednesday night was prevented from coming by 

— Dr. Charles S. Walker will soon publish an arti- 
cle in the New England magazine, upon the " Smith 

— Where are the Freshman class sweaters ? 
Where are the Freshman class pictures ? Some- 
thing is the matter. 

— A reception is to be given in the Stone chapel to 
the State Board of Agriculture during their time of 
session in Amherst, 

— Dr. A. C. True, director of the Central Experi- 
mental Station, at Washington, recently visited the 
different departments of the College. 

— An exhibit from all the departments of the Col- 
lege is to be made in the town hall, at the time of the 
meeting of the State Board of Agriculture. 

— The Sophomore class enjoyed its mountain day 
Tuesday, Oct. 4. Dr. Stone took the class, in a barge 
to Mount Toby where the day was pleasantly spent 
in climbing the mountain and gathering botany 
specimens. ^ 

— A. D. Gile '00 has taken charge of the foot ball 
eleven. The fellows have been working hard and 
Captain Gile makes few changes in the team. 

— The State Board of Agriculture will hold its 
annual meeting in Amherst, sometime in December. 
During the session President Goodell will address the 

— The back-stop disappeared from the campus one 
morning a short time ago. It would be a great im- 
provement if some other things should be put to the 
same treatment. 

— We all can see by this season's work in foot ball 
what an absolute necessity a good coach is. The 
advantage obtained by having a coach who is a com- 
petent trainer is invaluable. 

— A meeting of the trustees of the College was 
held in the South Dormitory on Saturday, Oct. 15th. 
Among the trustees present, was Mr. James S. 
Grinnell, the oldest member of the Board. 

— W. E. Hinds '99 recently spent a few days in 
Lynn. He went there as the delegate from the Col- 
lege Y. M. C. A. to the convention held in that place 
and brings back a very interesting report. 

— The rope pull is over. The next event in order 
is the Sophomore-Freshman foot ball game. Both 
classes have some strong men in the foot ball line 
and we hope to see a game which will be exciting. 

— It has always been a noticeable fact that the 
M. A. C. has no real song that it can claim as its 
own. We are glad to say, that a song is being com- 
posed, the words and music of which will soon be pre- 
sented to the College. 

— The next foot ball game will be played on the 
College campus, with Worcester Tech., Saturday, 
Nov. 12. Every student should come out and give 
the eleven a strong support when games are played 
on the home grounds. 

The College choir as selected by Mrs. Sander- 
son i? as follows : 1st tenor, Thaddeus Graves '01, C. 
I. Lewis '02 ; 2nd tenor, S. E. Smith '99, D. N. 
West '02 ; 1st bass, C. A. Crowell '00, W. C. Dick- 
erman '01 ; 2nd bass H. E. Maynard '99, A. R. 
Dorman'Ol. The choir is practicing well and has 
shown great improvement. 



— It may be said, for the benefit of some students, 
that the library at Amherst College is open to the 
students of the M. A. C. An application blank, pro- 
cured from President Goodell should be presented to 
the librarian before drawing books. 

— The work on the new Dairy building is well 
under way and it is expected that it will be com- 
pleted in a short time. The laboratory is situated 
near the barn of the Hatch Experiment Station and 
will be used by Dr. Lindsey for the work of the Dairy 

— To all those who attended the reception recently 
held in the chapel, the enthusiasm and good cheer 
aroused by the singing of the different College songs, 
was very apparent. The students should try in every 
way possible to cultivate the singing of these songs 
and to become more familiar with them. 

— The College Y. M. C. A. held a very interesting 
series of meetings last week, with a large attendance. 
On Monday evening Mr. Hooper spoke to the students 
and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings the students 
were addressed by Mr. S. M, Sayford, the well-known 
evangelist and Christian worker. He spoke with 
great force and was listened to with much interest. 

— The 1901 Index Board has been elected by the 
class. It consists of C. E. Gordon, E. S. Gamwell, 
C. L. Rice, A. R. Dorman, A. C. Wilson, E. L. 
Macomber, P. C. Brooks, and T. Casey. At a meet- 
ing of the board the following officers were elected : 
Editor-in-chief, A. C. Wilson ; business manager, P. 
C. Brooks ; assistant business manager, T. Casey ; 
artist, E. S. Gamwell. 

— Oct. 14 the trustees visited the College and in 
the evening were tendered a reception by the Fac- 
ulty and students. The chapel was very tastily dec- 
orated with palms, potted plants, rugs and couches. 
It was a very informal and pleasant affair, all the stu- 
dents being given the opportunity of meeting the trus- 
tees. During the evening College and other familiar 
songs were sung by all present and music was fur- 
nished by Messrs. Stanley and Curtis on the banjo, 
Kellogg on the mandolin, and Kinney who rendered 
several fine selections on the piano. During the 
evening refreshments were served, 

• — One of the most needed improvements at the 
College is a few electric lights scattered about the 
grounds, especially at the entrance and along the walk 
at the edge of the pond. On the occasion of any 
reception or meeting it is almost impossible for the 
guests to find their way from the entrance of the 
grounds to the chapel. We hope that this matter 
will receive some attention from the proper authorities. 

— There has been much said at the College about 
Junior electives. The students and most of the fac- 
ulty are decidedly in favor of the elective system. The 
trouble has been in the arrangement of the electives. 
Unless very carefully arranged, there would be more 
courses than the number of professors and rooms 
could accommodate. It seems as if the trouble might 
be remedied by having a system of elective courses 
for the junior year. Two or three courses might be 
arranged without conflicting with other work. 
Whether it is advisable or practicable to make the 
junior year at the M. A. C. elective, is a question 
which requires careful consideration and thought. 

— The reception, which was held the other evening 
in honor of the trustees, was a success in every way. 
It is by such occasions as these, that the students and 
faculty come more in touch with each other and show 
that there is something more to a College than mere 
routine and study. It is suggested that these recep- 
tions be continued throughout the College year, hav- 
ing one or possibly more a term. The students would 
take charge of these receptions and provide all in the 
way of entertainment and decoration of the chapel. 
Invitations could be extended to many friends of both 
faculty and students. It is sincerely hoped that some 
action will be taken on this matter and all the friends 
of the College co-operating together may make the 
plan a success. 

— Several years ago, every Saturday afternoon, 
there was held in the drill hall an athletic meet. 
These consisted of heavy and light gymnastics and 
other athletic events. They were held between the 
classes and excited much interest, nearly all the fel- 
lows in College attending. It was the winning of 
these meets, together with the spring field meet, that 
gave a class the right to place its numerals on the 
banner which now hangs in the chapel reading-room. 
Why cannot these meets be revived ? There are 



many men in College who need only a little training 
to put them in excellent shape for a track team next 
spring, and that training is just what they would re- 
ceive in these indoor meets. Why not get together, 
some of you athletes, and start the ball rolling? 



The editor of the Alumni column of the Life 
wishes to again impress upon the minds of all gradu- 
ates of the college the importance of each individual's 
sending anything of interest to President Goodell or to 
some member of the Board. Send early and have it 
published before the rush. 

'85. — P. C. P. Brooks Ex-'85 is to be married to 
Miss Martha Brooks Lawton, at Boston, Oct. 25, 
1898. Address 46 Market St., Cambridge, Mass. 

'87.— F. D. Tucker Ex-'B7, graduate of Yale '92, 
clergyman at Morris, 111. Mr. Tucker has made an 
application to finish the course at college for the 
degree of B. S. 

'90.— F. J. Smith, chemist to the Gypsy Moth 
Commission, is at his headquarters in Amherst for 
ithe winter. Mr. Smith has recently been elected a 
member of the American chemical society. 

'91.— J. B. Hull. The marriage of J. B. Hull to 
jMiss Ethel Culver is announced to take place at Great 
Barrington, Mass., Oct. 29, 1898. 

'91. — H. N. Legate. Invitations are out for the 
'Wedding of Howard N. Legate and Miss Annie S., 
daughter of George F. Dakin of Roxbury, on the 
evening of Monday, Oct. 31, 1898. 

94. — A. J. Morse recently paid a visit to his 
brother at college. 

'95.— E. 0. Bagg Ex-'95. The marriage of Ed- 
ward 0. Bagg to Miss Bessie May Hubbard is 
announced to take place at 7 o'clock this evening, 
Oct. 26, at Riverdale St., West Springfield. 

'95. — R. A. Cooley, assistant entomologist at the 
Hatch Experiment Station, went to Washington, 
D. C. last week, where he will spend a month in study- 
ing the entomological collection of the U. S. Govern- 
ment and the methods employed by the entomological 
department. Mr. Cooley has been making a special 

study of the rapidly increasingly important scale insects 
and is now at work upon a complete monograph of the 
Genus Chionaspis. 

'96. — H. H. Roper. Address for the present at 
East Hubbardston, Mass. 

'96. — M. E. Sellew was at college for a short time 
last week. 

'96. — J. L. Marshall is in the employ of the Bradley, 
Osgood Car Co., Worcester, Mass. 

'96.— H. W. Moore. Address 25 Amherst St., 
Worcester, Mass. 

'97.— C. A. Peters. Graduate student at the Kent 
Laboratory of Yale College. Address 74 Lake Place, 
New Haven, Conn. 

'98. — Mr. A. G. Adjemian, who contemplated tak- 
ing a graduate course at the College, has decided to 
study under Dr. C. A. Goessmann at the chemical 
department of the Hatch Experiment station. 

'98. — T. H. Charmbury ex-'98 has returned to 
Baltimore, Md where he is taking a course in a 
dental college. 

'98. — W. S. Fisher recently visited friends at 

'98. — C. G. Clark was at college last week. 

'99. — C. C. Dickinson is now at his home in Am- 
herst, having completed a course in Telegraphy at the 
Polytechnic Institute, at Lebanon, Pa. 

'99. — J. C. Chapman. We are glad to learn that 
Chapman ex-'99 anticipates re-entering college. 

'00. — H. E. Walker. President Goodell has made 
application to the war department for the discharge of 
Mr. Walker. In a recent letter Mr. Walker writes 
that he has been acting as nurse in the division hos- 
pital, and thinks that he contracted the malaria from 
some of the patients. The Lexington (the place at 
which the 8th Regiment is now stationed) papers of 
Oct. 8 have it that the 8th will soon remove to Amer- 
icus, Ga. 

'01. — H. A. Paul is clerk at Brigade Headquarters 
of the 8th Regiment Mass. Vols, in camp at Lexing- 
ton, Ky. 


AGGi'E i^ifhj. 


A unique and comprehensive work of three volumes 
is The Book of Choice Ferns by George Schneider. 
The author states that he intended this publication to 
be the most complete of ail works written on the sub- 
ject to which it is specially devoted, and he is to be 
congratulated upon his success. The Book of Choice 
Ferns m\\ be of especial value for reference .particularly 
to those who have not an every day acquaintance with 
scientific terms. The correct names are given 
simultaneously and alphabtically, so that the student 
or cultivator may ascertain without trouble whether 
the names he uses are right or wrong according to 
scientific classification. The many magnificent plates, 
even though one is not particularly interested in this 
line are of great interest. 

The Atmosphere, by Francis Albert Russell. This 
treatise, published by the Smithsonian Institution, deals 
with the relation of the atmosphere to human life and 
health. Part I. takes up the constitution and condi- 
tions of the air. Oxygen, Nitrogen, carbon dioxide 
are discussed as well as ammonia, chlorides, sulphates, 
nitric acid, solid impurities, etc. Part 11. is devoted 
to climate and health. Under this head come the 
malarious and infectious diseases ; their connection 
with and destruction by the atmosphere and the influ- 
ence of climate on national health. The author shows 
that the spreading of disease in the animal world and 
among mankind depends to a very great extent upon 
aerial influences. The action of bacteria and of the air 
in connection with decomposition and plant growth is 
fully treated. Part III deals with various atmospheric 
phenomena ; while part IV treats of subjects open for 

The Animal Kingdom by Baron Cuvier, an old book, 
has been recently added to our library. The author 
having divested himself of all prejudices arising from 
a blind reverence for authority and a habit of imitation, 
brought the energy and reserve power of a penetrating 
mind to the investigation of his subject — expressing 
himself in a concise and simple style. 

Heating and Ventilating Buildings is a large volume 
devoted to the various practical methods used in such 


Epigrams of the War taken from one of our 
exchanges : 

" Don't swear, boys ; shoot !" — Colonel Wood to 
the Rough Riders. 

" Suspend judgment." — Captain Sigsbee's first 
message to Washington. 

" Don't cheer, boys ; the poor devils are dying." — 
Captain Phillip of the Texas. 

■' Remember the Maine." — Commodore Schley's 
signal to the flying squadron. 

" You can fire when you are ready, Gridley." — 
Commodore Dewey at Manila. 

" War is not a picnic." — Sergeant Hamilton Fish 
of the Rough Riders, to his mother. 

" Don't mind me, boys ; go on fighting." — Captain 
Allyn K. Capron of the Rough Riders. 

" The Maine is avenged." — Lieut. Wainwright, 
after the destruction of Cervera's fleet. 

■' Don't get between my guns and the enemy." — 
Commodore Dewey to Prince Henry of Germany. 

" There must be no more recalls ; iron will break 
at last." — Lieut. Hobson to Admiral Sampson. 

" Who would not gamble for a new star in the 
flag?" — Captain Buckey O'Neill of the Rough Riders. 

" Take that for the Maine." — Captain Sigsbee, as 
he fired a shot through the Spanish torpedo boat 

" I've got them now, and they will neverget home." 
— Commodore Schley, on guard at Santiago. 

" The battle of Manila killed me : but I would do it 
again." — Captain Gridley of the Olympia on his 

" Excuse me, sir ; I have to report that the ship has 
been blown up and is sinking." — Bill Anthony of the 

" I want to make public acknowledgment that I , 
believe in God the Father Almighty." — Captain 
Phillip of the Texas. 

" Shaffer is fighting, not writing." — Adjutant Gen-f 
eral Corbin to Secretary Alger, when the latter asked^l 
for news from the front. i' 



; The first three articles in the New Hampshire 
\College Mofifhly are interesting an3 much along that 
jline of thought which college publications should strive 

io follow. 
The stories in The Uniuersity Cynic again come to 

3ur notice as being among the best in our exchanges. 

, You can make a period out of a colon by cutting it 
in two. That's about the sort of period that the 
Ghristobal Colon was rounded up to. — Ex. 

Mrs. Youngwife — " I shall always endeavor to keep 
11 watch on my husband." 

! Mother-in-law — " Well you will have trouble if 
lihere's a pawn-shop near." — Ex. 

What is the difference between an apple and a girl? 
You have to squeeze an apple to get cider, and you 
nave to get cider (side her) to squeeze a girl. — Ex. 


I A Dresden paper, the Weidmann, which thinks that 
', ;here are kangaroos (beutelratte) in South Africa, 
;ays the Hottentots (Hottentoten) put them in cages 
l^kotter) provided with covers (lattengitter) to protect 
:hem from the rain. The cages are therefore called 
attengitterwetterkotter and the imprisoned kangaroo 
attengitter wetterkotterbeutelratte. One day an 
issassin (attentater) was arrested who had killed a 
Hottentot woman (Hottentotenmutter), the mother of 
;wo stupid and stuttering children in Strottertrottel. 
Phis woman, in the German language is entitled 
Hottentotenstrottertrottelmutter, and her assassin 
;akes the name Hottentetenstrottermutterattentater. 
The murderer was confined in a kangaroo's cage 
(beutelrattenlattengitterwetterkotter), whence a few 
days later he escaped, but fortunately he was recap- 
;ured by a Hottentot, who presented himself at the 
mayor's office with beaming face. 
" 1 have captured the beutelratte," said he. 
"Which one?" said the mayor. "We have 

I" The attentaterlattengitterwetterkotterbeutelratte." 
" Which attentater are you talking about ? " 
" About the Hottentotenstrottertrottelmutteratten- 

" Then why don't you say at once the Hottentoten- 
s t r ttelmutterattentaterlattengitterwetterkotterbeutel- 
ratte ? " 


He — " I've had an idea in my head for weeks." 
She — " It must have been lonely." — Ex. 


I have a sweetheart that 1 love full well. 
Each day 1 woo her and I strive by night 
To win her heart, but soon the morning light 
Drives her away and where no one can tell. 
She has for me a strange mysterious spell. 
Her wondrous love 1 never can requite. 
I could not live without her, yet in spite 
Of this, I often try her power to quell. 
I know not when she comes or where she goes. 
This gentle maiden I have never seen, 
I only l^now that when she comes between 
The world and me, mine eyes enchanted close. 
But now her charms once more upon me creep. 
And 1 must go to meet my lady, sleep. 

— Frances Roland. — Ex. 


To ride a bicycle built for two. 

Perhaps is lots of fun ; 

But many a pair 

Have found pleasure 

In a rocking chair 

Built for one. — Ex. 

The Prof, gave one long, heart-felt sigh 

And sadly shook his head, 
As o'er the problem on the board 

The young man's name he read. 
" You never should have been called Blank, 

But rather Hill instead ; 
Your nature doesn't suit your name. 

For you're a ' bluff,' " he said. — Ex. 


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There are so many trees connected with the lives 
of great men, which we read about in history, that it 
would take a long time to describe them all. I will 
only tell you about those which are best known and 
most famous. The Charter Oak stood on Wyllys 
Hill in Hartford. The trunk was twenty-five feet in 
circumference near the roots, and about two feet from 
the ground was a large cavity, which would admit a 
child. It was here that the original charter of Con- 
necticut was concealed. The tree was blown down by 
a gale in 1856,and the street upon which it stood, was 
named after it. A marble slab marks the place 
where it formerly grew. 

Another tree which is noted in history is the Wash- 
ington Elm in Cambridge, under which Washington 
took command of the patriot army. One hundred 
years after, under the same tree, the poet Lowell read 
his poem on Washington. 

The Penn Treaty Tree stood near Philadelphia, 
and under it William Penn made his famous treaty 
with the Indians, which was never broken. This 
tree was a wide-spreading elm. Its circumference 
was twenty-four feet and its consecutive rings proved 
it to be nearly three hundred years old. It was 
blown down one stormy night and the Pennsylvania 
society erected a monument on the spot. 

On the border of a marsh opposite West Point, 
stood a willow tree, which. was called Arnold's Willow, 
for it stood by the side of the pathway, by which the 
traitor fled when his treachery was revealed, late in 
the September of 1780. 

Some other historic trees are Peter Stuyvesant's 
Pear Tree, which was over two hundred years old, 
Pope's Weeping Willow, which was sent to him in 
the form of a twig. Fox's Oak at Flushing, Long 
Island, which was named from George Fox the 
founder of the Quakers who held a great meeting 
under it. 

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To-day we unite in mourning the death of Captain 
Walter Mason Dickinson. Those of us whose privi- 
lege it was to know him need no memorial to recall 
to our minds the many admirable qualities which won 
for him our respect and esteem. He was to us a 
friend as well as an instructor and we remember how 
many times some word of his has moved us to more 
noble, manly actions. His life was to us at all times 
an example of manhood whether in the class-room or 
on the drill-ground. As we think again of what he 
was and how he died we feel that we may well learn 
from his life, lessons in true manhood and fidelity to 

The students in the course in astronomy are'looking 
forward to a great display of fireworks which is 
expected to take place next week, Nov. 13-15. A vast 
swarm of meteors will then be crossing the earth's orbit. 
Notwithstanding the tremendous velocity with which 
they are traveling in our direction it will take several 

days to pass them, and still these are but a portion of the 
main swarm. These meteors seem to come from 
the direction of the constellation Leo which does not 
now appear above the horizon until about 11 p. m. 
This swarm, which has been known since 129 
A. D., has a periodicity of a little more than thirty- 
three years and as it last appeared in 1896 we 
may expect a magnificent display next year. On the 
27th inst. the celebrated Andromeda meteors having 
a period of thirteen years are due ; but as there will be 
a full moon at this date the latter display will proba- 
bly not be as brilliant as the former. 

Several years ago the International Committee of 
the Young Men's Christian Association published as 
the official organ of the association a little monthly 
called the IntercoUegian. This had quite a wide cir- 
culation among college men and professors but for 
sufficient reasons it was thought best to discontinue 
its publication. Recently there has been such a call 
for it that the International committee have decided 
to resume its publication and in order to give it as 



wide a circulation as possible it has been connbined 
with the Student Volunteer. The first number contains 
much interesting reading matter by well-known 
writers. We feel that this little magazine will be 
worthy of the support of all who may in any way be 
interested in the work of the Young Men's Christian 
Association. The first article is by the President of 
Cornel University and it contains so much that may 
be helpful even to those who have passed their college 
days that we venture to present it to our readers in 
this issue. 

We would again remind the students, and especially 
the Freshmen, that to be considered as candidates for 
the editorial board of the Life they must hand in at 
least one article this term. We feel the necessity of 
mentioning this again because thus far very little 
interest has been shown in this matter. There are 
several reasons why every man in college should take 
an interest in writing for his college paper. The Life 
can be much improved by lively competition for the 
board. No contribution, whether it appears in print 
or not, can be counted as without value. Every effort 
in this line brings to the writer its reward, for the 
ability to express one's thoughts clearly, concisely and 
grammatically is to be coveted and few can do this 
without considerable practice. Usually the first 
excuse which a fellow makes when asked to write is 
that he can't write because he never has written any. 
He is just the man who should begin to write now. 
He would be quite likely to find that what he at first 
considered as an impossibility is not so difficult after 
all. Probably the greatest difficulty lies in making up 
his mind to try. We trust that there will be a marked 
improvement in this line before the end of the term. 

— The display of chrysanthemums at the Plant 
House is very fine. A great many varieties are 
shown, some of them of immense size. 

— The annual Yale-Harvard foot ball game is to be 
played in New Haven, Saturday Nov. 19th. Arrange- 
ments for seating 18,000 to 30,000 people have been 

— The weather for the past month has been some 
thing remarkable for the time of year. Raspberries 
have been picked and fruit trees have been in bloom 
in some localities in the neighborhood. 


By J. G. ScHURMAN, President of Cornell 


From the Intercollegian for October. 

1 have been asked to address through the columns of 
The Intercollegian, a message to the young men 
who are just entering the colleges of North America. 
My first thought is to congratulate you on your oppor- 
tunity. Not every young man can enter college. 
The one who does is highly favored. He belongs to 
the picked men of the community. And the com- 
munity have a right to expect that he will fill worthily 
the large place to which he has been called. 

The college (and in this article I use the word 
"college" to embrace the "university" also) exists 
primarily for the sake of intellectual culture. It is 
the organ of the higher knowledge as the school is of 
the lower knowledge, or as the court is of justice, or 
the pulpit is of religion. High culture may indeed 
exist without colleges or universities, as we see in the 
case of the Athenians of the Age of Pericles. But 
what individuals may accomplish in the earlier and 
simpler condulf'' pf society is not possible for them 
in the highly /coin^ ^x organization under which we 
live and ni^.Z. ii.e5 individual is supplemented by the 
institution, by the corporation. The university and the 
college are corporations of scholars. They arose in 
the Middle Ages, which witnessed the origin of so 
many institutions of all kinds. They were originally 
quite analogous to our modern trades unions — the 
guild of scholars ranking in mediaeval thought with 
the guild of carpenters, or the guild of traders. Each 
had its own special function, as indicated by the 
name the university first, and afterward the 
college, found itself charged with the things of the 
intellect. And to this historic mission these institu- 
tions have remained true. 

The trainiVig of the intellect, the acquisition and 
communication of knowledge, the cultivation of the 
powers of observation, imagination, and reasoning, is 
the work for the sake of which the college exists. 
That is its primary business. Yet important as this 
end is there are two or three ends without which it 
is of little account. 

Without health, knowledge is useless; without 



character, knowledge is harmful. Health is the one 
thing of all others that the freshman is likely to 
ignore. If he be of average constitution and vitality 
he will find little difficulty at first in carrying all the 
burdens that are put upon him. He easily thinks 
himself equal to any task. And for the sake of 
accomplishing what he has set before himself he will 
sacrifice regular meals, sleep, and recreation. Now 
[the first lesson the freshman must learn is that he is an 
i! immortal spirit who does his work and lives his life in a 
mortal body. So close indeed is the connection be- 
tween the physical and the mental that many thinkers 
[regard them as different sides or aspects of the 
lone process. I do not share this view. But I cite it 
to illustrate the fact of the thorough-going dependence 
iof mind and body. Your body is a mere machine. 
And like any other machine it needs rest, change and 
constant readjustment. For every expenditure of 
energy there must be a corresponding new supply. 
Now nature has her own method for the recuperation 
of the human body. If you follow it you may have 
health ; if you neglect it you will certainly break down. 
What, then, are the fundamental laws of hygiene ? 

First, take your meals regularly, and eat slowly, 
with the dignity of a human being, not gulping down 
your food like one of the lower animals. Secondly, 
don't fail to take daily exercises for an hour or two in 
the open air. Many freshmen will feel that they can- 
not spare the time. I will not call these earnest fel- 
lows fools, but I will say they are extremely foolish. 
For the student's life is an artificial one. He shuts 
himself indoors ; he stoops over a table ; he breathes 
air which is not long fresh and soon becomes foul ; 
he cramps all his limbs by constrained position; he 
exhausts his brain, and consequently the whole ner- 
vous system, by protracted study. Now a physical 
organization treated in that way will not last, or, at 
any rate, will not maintain its efficiency, if it be not 
daily restored for a time to its natural conditions — to 
fresh air, to free movement, to release from mental 
occupation, to converse with nature, and to that 
healthful condition into which the body is soothed by 
unrestricted intercourse of the spirit with congenial 
spirits. Hence I say, go out for exercise a couple of 
hours every day. It may be ball-playing, tennis, 
bicyling, walking, or what not. Don't go alone, how- 
ever, for in solitude the mind still carries on its 

accustomed operations. Thirdly, take as much sleep 
as your system needs, which will generally be about 
eight hours. Physiology confirms Shakespeare's de- 
scription of sleep as 

" sore labor's bath. 
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, 
Chief nourisher in life's feast." 
Nature's rhythmic alternation of motion and rests 
turns up in us in the form of waking and sleeping. 
The student specially needs his sleep. At night the 
bodily machine is exhausted by the cerebral strain of 
the day. It is said that Gladstone was able to do so 
much because he slept so much ; and I believe it. 

The consideration of health leads up to virtue. 
There is in this world the closest connection between 
what is expedient and what is right. The freshman is 
at college to acquire intellectual culture. But he 
must, I have said, look out for his health. Health is 
better than knowledge. But character is the highest 
of all. And character each of us must make for him- 
self. Your body is a machine ; your will is in the 
image of God. Your will is creative. Character is 
the creation of free will in and through this bodily 
organization. The virtues of temperance and chastity 
would have no existence if we had not bodies. The 
free will, guided by reason, conscience, and religious 
instruction, realizes these virtues in keeping the body 
under. Nor is this all. The freshmen must acquire 
all the virtues. He must be just and kind and brave 
and true and generous. He must not follow blindly 
the society of which he has become a member. And 
in defying the public opinion of a college, where he 
thinks it wrong, he will have scope for the exercise of 
the highest courage. Stand on your own feet. Be a 
man. Do what is right, whatever others do. Shun 
irreverence — the besetting sin of young Americans. 
Don't make light of serious subjects; you are a man, 
not an ape. And reverence is the backbone of char- 
acter. There can be no strength of moral fibre with- 
out it. It is natural for youth to look -up and to bow 
down before what is higher than itself. Respect then 
the law, reverence virtue, fear God. Indeed, the 
secret of character is, in a single word, this : Fear 
God and keep his commandments. 

If you have physical health and moral character, it 
is worth while, if you have the mental ability, to 
secure a college education. Here your teachers will 
be your guides. They may have a prescribed curric- 



ulum for you. If so, pursue your studies conscien- 
tiously ; for even if, abstractly considered, they are 
not the best for you, they have potency to educate 
you ; for the history of education proves that the 
essence of education is quite separable from the 
materials of instruction. If the freshman has a 
special bent he will find opportunity somewhere in the 
course even of the most conservative college to grat- 
ify it. One piece of advice I should, however, like to 
insist on. The habit of good literature is perhaps the 
best permanent result of a college education. Don't 
go beyond the freshman year without accustoming 
yourself to such reading. It will be a source of abid- 
ing delight, inspiration and solace to you. 

Is the course elective ? Then I advise the fresh- 
man to study at least one ancient language and one 
modern language. English composition and literature, 
and such other subjects as he may prefer. Since the 
world of knowledge embraces Nature, Man and God, 
the college graduate, if he is to be liberally educated, 
should have studied scientific, humanistic, and philo- 
sophical subjects somewhere in his course. But this 
comprehensiveness of range does not exclude special 
devotion to one or the other provinces of knowledge. 
But let me say in general that your professors and 
fellow-students will be your best advisers in arranging 
your course of studies. There are, however, some 
points in connection with study which I want to con- 
sider briefly here. 

First, when you study, apply yourself with all your 
might. The power of concentrating your attention 
exclusively and intensely on the subject in hand is the 
best disciplinary result of education. It is a power 
that can be acquired by strenuous and continuous 
_ effort ; and it must be acquired if studying is to tell. 
Don't dawdle over your books. If you can't work go 
out for a walk. Then take up something that inter- 
ests you ; and interest will automatically enlist atten- 
tion, which by degrees will come more and more 
under your direct control. One hour of absorbed 
study — with no wandering of thought — is worth a day 
of make-believe work. And in after life this power of 
concentrating your mind upon specific tasks is what 
will enable you to make a career. 

Secondly, students may educate one another. It 
has long been known that college is the place in all 
the world for forming friendships. For the same rea- 

son students may have intellectual communion witji 
one another which is highly stimulating and educative! 
Young men are frank, ingenuous, open, eager to learn 
quick to detect sham, and they yearn to discover am 
to embrace the truth. In all this they can be o 
incalculable aid to one another. And such joint ex 
plorations, such communion of kindred spirits, are ai' 
imperishable delight. Let no freshman, then, live t(! 
himself or isolate himself from his fellows. Half th 
education of a college consists in that which student 
give to one another. 

Thirdly, the freshman will have growing-pains. Th 
mind will enlarge. Old horizons will move away 
The truth as he saw it yesterday will not be the trut 
as he sees it to-morrow. Knowledge, which increase 
in the race, grows also, like a living organism, in th 
mind of the individual. And in this process of de 
velopment many freshmen are likely— and more tha 
likely in proportion as they are earnest and thorough 
going — to lose their bearings, to see the ancient moor 
ings slipped, and perhaps to find themselves on i; 
shoreless sea without place to anchor or star to stee 
by. How many a serious, thoughtful student has hai 
this experience ! Now to such freshman I would sa; 
first of all, that others have been there too. There i. 
solace in companionship. And, in the next place, i 
would say, hold fast to your intellectual integrity ; don' 
say a thing is so unless you believe it. But, lastly, 
would say, if you are persistent, as well as honest, yo' 
will work through your doubts and attain firm standin 
ground, from which you can take a larger survey c| 
truth — the old as well as the new — and discern tha 
the very meaning of education is a higher adjustmer 
of all truths, and that God is still in His heavens anr 
in His world, though it may be that some of th' 
beliefs with which tradition has started us all must b 
recast — if not dissolved — in the light of the physics 
science, historical scholarship, and philosophical re 
flection of the closing years of the nineteenth Chris 
tian century. 

Lastly, however great or rapid your mental growth 
don't think you have got beyond the churches or othe 
religious organizations. These exist, not for intellect 
ual training, but for the promotion of righteousness c 
life and spiritual communion with the Unseen Fathe 
whose heart has been revealed to us in Jesus Chrisi 
That central fact remains in spite of all your growt 




,ll|n knowledge. And so I say don't fail to go to church 
it least once on Sunday. Furthermore, 1 commend 
;he College Christian Association, which will aid you 
n Bible study, give you religious work to do, and 
fford you companionship with comrades who stand 

,,i|'or what is honest, and true, and of good report. 

And so, with this word of encouragement and advice 
;o our earnest freshman who is to grow in knowledge, 

itnd 1 trust also in virtue and piety, 1 bid him God- 


From past experiences it has been found that to be 
successful, a railroad system must work with as much 
, precision and smoothness as the machinery f a 
watch ; not only must the trains be run on their 
,. schedule time, but every part of the service, from the 
cleaning of a passenger car and the handling of bag- 
gage, to the treatment of passengers by the officials 
must have the same careful attention. 

About a year ago, it became evident to Mr. J. R. 
Thirston, general manager of the Bangor and Aroos- 
i'took Railroad, that the machinery of this compara- 
ftively new railway system was not running as smoothly 
, las might be. He decided to investigate the matter. 
i" Spotters " were immediately set to work with the 
iresult that no less than five conductors and three 
breakmen were dismissed from the service of the 
' company. 

For six months after this wholesale fumigation 
scarcely a complaint was heard. Then owing to some 
.slight hints from the Boston & Maine R. R. as to 
freight trains of the Bangor & Aroostook carrying 
passengers over a section of their road contrary to 
^agreement, Mr. Thirston determined to thoroughly 
look into this affair. He at once telegraphed to Fox 
and Trent, private detectives of New York city for a 
reliable man for an important piece of work. 

Old Fox read the telegram carefully. " Railway " 
he muttered, " The Bangor and Aroostook — that new 
, road down East — new manager — hands probably play- 
ing the devil with him. Good chance to start in 
.young Harding. He seems fairly smart, as college 
I boys go." Then turning suddenly around to a young 
man at the other end of the office he called out : 
" Here, Nick, take this telegrarn mi .St^rt jrnme- 

diately for Bangor. Do just as this Thirston wants 
you to, and send your time in to me." 

Nick Harding indeed felt proud that afternoon as 
he jumped on the train for Boston en route to Bangor. 
Besides having the proverbial mother and young 
brother to support, he was ambitious to make a suc- 
cess in his profession for the sake of a bright-eyed 
maiden across the river in Brooklyn. And this was 
his first assignment ! Was it his collar or had he 
really grown two inches taller since morning, for he 
thought to himself that he was actually looking over 
the heads of people he had been accustomed to look 
up to before. A very foolish thought perhaps, but he 
was almost sure every one v/as noticing him. However, 
by the time he had reached Bangor and had had an 
interview with General Manager Thirston, the novelty 
of the situation had worn off leaving nothing but the 
firm resolve to do his best. 

" 1 am glad to see you Mr. — er — er — Harding," 
began the General Manager, cautiously glancing at 
Nick's card and at the same time extending his hand. 
" Your firm replied very promptly to my dispatch. I 
suppose you have had plenty of experience — you 
appear rather young." 

"Well," replied Nick blandly, " appearences are 
sometimes deceptive. Mr. Fox said you wanted a 
reliable man and so — and so — " 

" Quite right, quite right," hastily broke in the 
other, " I have the greatest faith in Mr. Fox. But 
now to business. Some of the men on this road 
think they own it, and they have even gone so far as 
to break our contract with the Boston & Maine. I 
have heard that the conductors of freight have car- 
ried passengers from 'Oldtown to Bangor, over the 
rails of the Boston & Maine. Now I want you to find 
out whether this is so or not. About six months ago 
1 discharged seven men for incivility to passengers, 
drunkenness, and robbing the company ; but I am 
confident none of that exists on the road to-day." 

" Well, Mr. Thirston" said young Harding, " I will 
take a trip on a freight and you may be sure if any 
passengers do travel in the way you mention, I'll find 
it out." Nick Harding was now fairly launched on 
his great enterprise. "Do or die " was his motto ; 
and as he had no idea of dying just yet he thought it 
best to be well armed in case of emergencies. With 
this end in view he bought one of those small short- 



barrel pocket revolvers. One of the kind that you 
stand about six feet from a man, pull the trigger five 
times and hope you've hit him. 

Nick put in a whole week at the little station of 
Sherman. The fishing was excellent. He never 
enjoyed himself so much before. Of course he en- 
deavored to learn all he could from the section men 
as to how things were run on the road ; but these 
individuals had the not uncommon faculty of talking a 
great deal and saying very little. In that one short 
week Nick acquired a vast deal of information respect- 
ing the game and liquoi' laws. The guides were 
always ready to preach a sermon on the evils of kill- 
ing game out of season, and how strict the game war- 
dens were with law-breakers. Though Nick had no 
intention of killing the pretty animals he could not help 
remarking that these same guides would spin many a 
fairy yarn about their own prowess as poachers and 
wind up with, " Now if you see a nice little fawn and 
need some fresh meat pretty bad, just knock him 
over with a shot and hang him up about a hundred 
yards from camp. The wardens can't prove anything 

About nine o'clock one night, just seven days after 
his interview with Mr. Thirston, Nick boarded a fast 
freight for Bangor. One third of the last car was all 
that was devoted to the use of passengers the other 
two thirds comprising the baggage-room. 

Nick had barely got himself comfortably settled for 
his jolty journey of over a hundred miles when the 
baggage-master, short, thick set and bloated, stepped 
in and shot off a number of questions without waiting 
for a reply. 

" Hullo ! Young ' feller ' ! had any luck ? — been 
fishing? — see any deers? — goin' through to Bangor ? 
Can't do it on this train ; we're only allowed to carry 
passengers as far as Oldtown on freights. But I'll 
speak to the ' Con ' an' have him fix it up. Oh! 
Yes ! the ' Con' '11 fix it up all right," and off he 
slipped again. 

Presently the " Con " put in an appearance. He 
was a tall, raw-boned, crooked nosed man — a very 
red face — in shirt sleeves, and with a lantern tucked 
under his arm. Giving Nick a sharp, quick glance as 
he punched his ticket he remarked, " Through to 
Bangor to-night ? Well, you'll get there 4-10 to-mor- 
row morning if we don't get shook to pieces with this 

'er load of empty cars." And he too like the bag- 
gage master, returned to his sanctum in the other 
part of the car. 

It seemed very evident to Nick that he would have 
little trouble in hiding through to Bangor on this 
freight ; and if this conductor intended to let passen- 
gers do so it would certainly cost him his job. Bu* 
Nick soon found out that this official was capable of 
breaking the rates of the company in more ways than 
one. At the next station an old wizen-faced half- 
breed crawled aboard the train, dropped into a seat, 
and carefully laid his portmanteau (very much like a 
meal bag) on the chair behind. It was not long 
before the baggage-master took a stroll back and 
forth and narrowly eyed the stranger. Then a spir- 
ited, whispered conversation with the " Con " took 
place in the baggage-room. 

" Hang it! 1 know he's got some," Nick heard 
the baggage-master say, " Why the old fool's so 
jagged he kin scarcely see ; you can work him for a 
double fare, easy." 

'■Got somethin' has he," hoarsely whispered the 
'Con, ' " An' it's in that bag. I'll beta dollar. Now 
look here, Dick, he's got ter d ivy up with us. It don't 
do to have these Injuns arunning over B. & A. men 
like us. No, Sir! It won't do for a B. & A. man. 
While I'm yanking a good big double fare from this 
chap, you just run through that bag of his and see if 
you can't find a bottle of fire water." 

So the baggage master slipped out and pretended 
to fix one of the cushions while the " Con." tickled 
the old half-breed. 

All this time Nick was supposed to be asleep ; at 
least the casual observer would think him to be per- 
fectly oblivious to all external happenings. But it was 
far otherwise ; that brain was hard at work ; those 
eyelids were raised the slightest little bit ; those ears 
were pricked up to the top notch of attention. 

While the " Con " unscrupulously charged the old 
trapper a double fair and blandly told him that no 
receipts were given on freights on that road, the bag- 
gage master carefully went through the old meal bag 
on the seat behind. He was unsuccessful in his 
search, however, and the precious pair went sullenly 
back to their own abode. 

A few stations further on a young lady who seemed 
especially favorable to both the " Con." and the bag 




gage master jumped lightly onto the train. 

"Why if it aint Miss Libbie Ingles," cried the bag- 
gage master, " I'm derned glad to see you, Miss Lib- 
bie. Any news for us." And they all three went 
into the baggage-room and closed the door. Miss 
Libbie did not stay long, however, but got off at a 
small station amid the adieus of the two train officials. 

Shortly after Miss Libbie's departure a man 
boarded the train from a way-station who was not 
bashful in showing that he had plenty of liquor both 
inside and outside. He treated the baggage master 
and the " Con." and before long the baggage-room 
was gay with the songs and coarse laughter of the 

It may be wondered at, that Nick could hear so 
plainly a conversation carried on in another apartment 
of the car, but when one takes into consideration the 
thinness of the partition it can be easily seen that 
young Harding had little difficulty in overhearing all 
that passed between these men even had they not 
been inflamed with liquor. 

As the events of the previous week kept passing 
before his brain, Nick could not help picturing to 
himself what a commotion his report would cause in 
the high circles of the B. & A. He could almost 
see the president of the road patting him on the back, 
and old Fox, his employer, beaming good naturedly 
over his glasses at his young protege, and last of all 
that most stirred his soul was the vision of a fair 
young face, smiling proudly down on this youthful 
adventurer. With these different fancies chasing 
each other across his brain and gradually becoming 
less and less distinct, he finally lost his hold on the 
outside world and dropped asleep. The sound of loud 
voices broke in upon his pleasant dreams. 

" Work it to-night ? Of course we can," the 
" Con." was saying, " To-night of all nights. Didn't 
Miss Libbie say the money was on this train, on this 
very car, and in one of them boxes we took on at 
Oakfield " 

" I know that's so," replied the baggage master, 
" but how about the organization ? Won't they give 
us away? " 

" Every man on the road is with us, I tell you. 
They've paid in $4.50 apiece. We'll take that along 
and get out of the country. Theri they can whistle 
for us." 

" 1 like your scheme," slowly answered the bag- 
gage master, " but before doing anything compromis- 
ing we'd first better find out if there's any money in 
one of these boxes as Miss Libbie says there is." 

" Correct you are." And Nick heard them begin 
to pull down the boxes and start to open them. 

" Hold up a minute though," he heard the baggage 
master say, and the next instant the door opened and 
the bloated face of that worthy peered out and criti- 
cally surveyed him. Apparently satisfied with his 
inspection he carefully closed the door and said to 
the "Con.," " He's all right; he's asleep." 

Nick thought that now was a good time to show his 
ability as a detective. He slowly raised himself and 
glanced around. He was alone. The old half-breed 
had gone, as had also his fishing rod. Could they 
have left together? He tiptoed to the door and 
tried to look through a crack in the panel. He was 
unsuccessful. He put his ear close to the key-hole 
'n order to hear better, when the door opened quickly 
and he fell plumb into the arms of the " Con." and 
the baggage master. A short scuffle, a crack on the 
head, and Nick found himself in a corner gagged and 
bound, and rapidly forming an opinion of his useful- 
ness as a detective. 

"Guess he'll never come spying round us any 
more," dryly remarked the " Con " casting a careless 
glance at the victim in the corner, " Doubt if he ever 
gets the chance." 

The baggage master kept on opening the boxes, one 
offer the other, and at last a thought seemed to strike 
him ; he hastily looked at his watch and glanced out 
of the window. 

" We've got to cut her loose as soon as we pass 
the top of this grade," he cried, and ran to the for- 
ward platform. The " Con." followed close on his 
heels and'Nick soon heard them detaching the car 
and applying the breaks. Slower and slower moved 
the car until, with a jerk, it stopped. 

" Look here Dick " said the " Con." coming into 
the baggage-room again, " You'll have to go down to 
the bridge and pile up those old ties, so she'll jump 
the rails as soon as she strikes them. I'll dump 
these boxes off and we can go through them when 
the other job's done." 

The baggage master disappeared in the darkness 
1 and his companion began throwing the boxes out on 


AGGiE LIKi;.. 

the side of the track. 

All these proceedings naturally caused much curi- 
osity mingled with uneasiness, in young Harding's 
mind. That this precious pair was up to some villain- 
ous scheme he had no doubt, but why did they detach 
this car from the rest of the train, and what did the 
bridge have to do with it all? However, he was not 
left long in doubt. 

In about half an hour, when the " Con." had almost 
completed his work, the baggage master returned cov- 
ered with perspiration and swearing vilely. 

'• There," he burst out, " the d ■ job's done at 

last, an' 1 never worked so hard before, and I don't 
intend to again. At least not unless we get nabbed. 
As soon as you get the rest of those boxes out we'll 
let her slide. I hardly like the idea of sending this 
feller down with her, but if you say it ought to be — 
ycu know best." 

" 1 tell you. Dick, it's got to be. It's either him or 
us, and I'm blamed sure it ain't goin' to be u?. So 
let her slide." The "Con." threw out the last box, 
and the two began loosening the breaks. Being on a 
down grade the car started easily and gradually in- 
creased in speed. 

It was not until he felt the rapid motion, and heard 
the two villains jumping from the platform that Nick 
fully realized the situation. The car was spee ding 
down the grade to the bridge ! Those ties were placed 
in such a manner as to throw it from the rails ! 
Heavens ! He was gliding swiftly to destruction — 
his life was reduced to minutes, seconds, and he was 
bound here helpless. Oh! if he could only snap those 
cords and make one desperate leap for life. Then as 
he grew calmer he began to think how little one 
human being the less would affect the great world ; 
the world would keep on its journey, never stopping, 
never grieving. There were but two persons who 
would mourn him — his mother, and a very dear 
friend. But the roar of the wheels seemed to blot 
out everything from his mind. Each second was 
bringing him nearer to his doom. Faster and faster, 
louder and louder — that ominous roll, the car had 
reached the bridge — a sharp twitch to one side and he 
was falling through space. Then came a terrible 
crash and all was a blank. 

His return to consciousness wa§ gomewhat abrupt, 

and humiliating. A rough hand had grasped his 
shoulder and a hoarse voice was bellowing in his ear, 

" Come now, young feller. Do yer think this car 
is a hotel, where yer can sleep as long as you want 
ter. Not much, you've got to get a move on pretty 
derned quick." 

Nick jumped up and rubbed his eyes. The " Con." 
stood before him in all his grim ugliness. Astonish- 
ment was written on every line of young Harding's 

"Was I asleep?" he cried, "Asleep!" In 
Heaven's name, when did I go to sleep? " 

" Well, I recon you've been asleep off an' on ever 
since I punched your ticket at Sherman." 

" But " persisted Nick, " the baggage master said 
something about your not being allowed to carry pas- 
sengers further than Oldtown. Are we at Oldtown or 
Bangor? " 

" We are at Bangor. At Oldtown we hitched this 
car on to a Boston & Maine train and brought you 

And so Nick Harding's great castle was overturned 
and his glorious hopes received a setback which must 
certainly be beneficial to his after life. 


Northampton, 6 ; Aggie Freshmen, 5. 

Aggie Freshmen met the Northampton foot ball 
eleven Friday Nov. 4 at the Fair grounds and were 
defeated by a score of 6 to 5. 

The game opened with Aggie defending the east 
goal. Northampton kicked off to Dellea who fumbled 
the ball but it was secured by Ball who fell on it on 
the 20 yard line. After gaining successively through 
the line, Northampton obtained the ball on a fumble. 
Failing to gain through our line they resorted to end 
plays. After making repeated gains around the ends 
they brought the ball within a few feet of the goal line 
from where they soon pushed it over. Keach kicked 
the goal making the score 6 to 0. 

Chase kicked off and after a few minutes play 
time was called with the ball near the center of the 

In the second half Chase kicked off to Warnock 
who advanced two yards before being downed. 

Failing to make their five yards the Freshmen 
received the ball and by continual plunging through 



the line soon made a touchdown. Bodfish failed to 
kick goal. Northampton then kicked off to Dellea 
who advanced 10 yards before being downed. 

With the ball on Northampton's 20 yard line, time 
was called. The features of the game were the playing 
:of Chase and Ball and the tackling of Dellea and 
Fulton. The summary: 


iCirver, Boyle, r. e., 1. e., McCobb 

iWarner, 1. t., 1. t., Cole 

Dragon, r. g.. 1. g., James 

Parson, c, c., Peabody 

Webster, 1. g., r. g., Bodfish 

"Barnes 1. t., r. t.. Gates 

Keach, 1. e., r. e., Fulton 

Warnock, q. b., q. b., Dellea 

Hurhhy, r. h. b., r. h. b., Belden 

Mahoney, 1. h. b., 1. h. b., Ball 

Conroy, f. b., f. b., Chase 
Score. Northampton 6, Freshmen 5. Touchdowns Conroy, 

Chase. Goals from touchdowns Keach. Umpire, Smith. 
Referee, Crowell. Time 15 and 20m. halves. 

Aggie Freshmen, 1 1 ; Sunderland, 1 1. 

The freshman foot ball team played their first game 
on the campus with Sunderland Thursday Oct. 27. 
Owing to the absence of one of the Sunderland players 
Beaman '99 played in his place. 

Capt't 'Woodbury won the toss and defended the 
north goal. 

The ball was kicked by Capt. Ball to the left half- 
tack who was downed after he had made five yards. 
By small gains Sunderland made the necessary five 
vards after which they were held for downs. The 
r'reshmen then played end and centre plays for about 
fen yards when the ball was lost to Sunderland on a 

Sunderland did not get far before the Freshmen got 
the ball on a fumble. 

By steady gains through centre and around ends 
the Freshmen managed to land the ball over the goal 
I'ne for a touchdown. They failed to kick the goal. 
' core : '02, 5 ; Sunderland 0. 

Capt. Woodbury kicked off and the ball striking 
McCobb on the knee bounced back and a Sunderland 
player fell on it. Sunderland pushed the ball to Fresh- 
men's ten yard line where they were held for downs. 

The '02 team did not line up but twice before they 
fumbled and Beaman getting the ball made a touch- 

down. They kicked the goal as time was called. 
Score : '02, 5 ; Sunderland 6. 

In the second half Capt. Woodbury kicked off. 
The game in this half did not have many surprising 
plays. The Freshmen lost the ball before they had 
gone far and Sunderland did the same after making 
about twenty yards. The '02 team pushed the ball 
back toward the centre of the field but again lost it. 
Then Sunderland made an endrun for about 30 yards, 
the runner being downed by Chase. By constant gains 
Sunderland made another touchdown but failed to 
kick the goal. Score : '02, 5 ; Sunderland 11. 

On the next kick-off the Sunderland man was 
downed before he had gained ten yards. They did not 
get their necessary five yards and the Freshmen took 
the ball. They then found a weak place between 
Sunderland's right guard and tackle and they played 
this position for steady gains. 

By gains of from 5 to 10 yards each Capt. Ball 
landed the ball between the goal posts for a touch- 
down. The goal was then kicked. Score : '01, 1 1 ; 
Sunderland 1 1.. 

Time was called before the ball was carried very 
far on the next kick off. 

The features of the game were the remarkable 
tackles by the fullback, the line bucking by Capt. Ball 
for '02 and the end runs by Sunderland. 

Officals : Referee, W. R. Crowell '00 ; umpire, F. 
H. Turner '99 ;, Brown '00. Limesnen, 
Lewis, Brooks. 

Upper Classmen, 6 ; Lower Classmen, 0. 

On Tuesday Nov. 1 a game was played between 
two teams representing the upper and lower classes 
respectively. This game was arranged for the purpose 
of producing a better feeling between the Freshmen 
and Sophomores. 

It was generally believed that the lower classmen 
would win but the Seniors and Juniors were bound to 
die game, 

Barry opened the game for the lower classmen by 
kicking off to Hooker who advanced five yards. The 
upper classmen were unable to gain. For the lower 
classmen Chickering was tried around left end for a 
loss. A mass play was directed at tackle for a gain 
of five yards. The upper classmen braced up at this 
point and forced Barry to punt. 



The Seniors and Juniors now plunged at right tackle 
continually and hardly ever failed to gain. When 
within 25 yards of the lower classmen's goal a quarter- 
back kick was tried. The ball rolled over the goal line 
and Turner dropped on it for a touchdown. 

Barry again kicked off to Hooker. The upper 
classmen kept plunging at the right tackle and rushed 
the ball to the the 5 yard line. The ball was carried 
over the line but in the scrimmage it was lost 
and Barry fell on it. After this there was no scoring 
by either side. In the second half on a try at a quar- 
terback kick by the upper classmen Cook blocked it 
and ran from the centre of the field to the 10 yard 
line where he was tackled by Crowell. The upper 
classmen held here like a stonewall and the opposing 
side could not gain an inch. After this the ball kept 
changing hands and it was in the centre of the field 
when time was called. The summary : 


Hool^er. r. e., r. e., Goodman 

Pingree, r. t,, r. t,, Cooke 

Landers, r. g., r. g., Bodfish 

Crowell, c, ' c., Rice 

Stanley, 1. g., 1- g-. Bridgefortli 

Beaman, 1. t., 1. t.. Ball 

Brown, 1. e., 1- e., Rogers 

Canto, q. b., q. b., Dorman 

Gile, r. h. b., r. h. b., Chickering 

Turner, 1. h. b., 1 h. b.. Pierson 

Nelson, f. b., f. b., Barry 
Score — Upper Classmen 6, Lower Classmen — 0. Umpire 

Prof. Smith. Referee — Parmenter '00. Time — 20 m. 


— Two weeks — then the Thanksgiving turkey 1 

— The Banjo Club was recently photographed by 

— The foot ball team of Boston University has 

— Prof. Smith umpired the Trinity- Wesleyan game 
last Saturday. 

— W. A. Hooker '99 recently acted as usher at a 
wedding held in town. 

— Out of eighteen courses provided for the Senior 
class, sixteen are elective. 

— S. L, Smith '02 of South Hadley has joined the 
College Shakespearean Club. 

— H. E. Maynard '99 acted as usher at a recent 
reception held in Unity church. 

— A picture of the Aggie Life Board is soon to be 
framed and hung in the Library. 

— Pipes are being laid to supply the new Veterinary 
laboratory with gas from the town. 

— T. C. Morehouse of Dartmouth college was enter- 
tained at Dr. Walker's over Sunday. 

— A new set ot hymn books has been ordered and 
will be used in the Chapel exercises. 

— Maynard '99 and C. A. Cro\yell '00 are now 
singing in the choir of Unity church. 

— The members of the Freshmen and Sophomore 
classes will have rhetoricals this term. 

— The Freshman foot ball team played a game 
with the Northampton High School eleven last Friday- 

— Major L. M. O'Brien and Capt. Clay expect to be 
present at the memorial exercises held in the College 

— A number of microscopes have been purchased| 
by the Botanical department and will be used in the 

— Tiddlewinks Hockenheimer Nelson has beenji 
elected captain of the foot ball team under the new 

— The Sophomore term essay is to be a 150C 
word review on chapters one and two of Taines' Eng- 
lish Literature. 

— Any subscriber who does not receive each issuejj 
of the Life regularly should at once notify the Bus! 
ness Manager. 

— A. D. Gile and F. H. Brown of the Junior class 
have been recalled to their regiment which is stationed 
at Fort Pickering. 

— The special class in Chemistry has been organize( 
and is doing advanced work under the direction of Dr 
Charles Wellington. 

— Secretary Sessions of the State Board of Agri- 
culture, President Goodell and members of the Hamp- 
shire Agricultural Society recently met together to 
arrange for the meeting of the Board to be held 
here in December. 



■ — -The Senior division in German has finished the 
text book and has commenced reading "Das 
Madchen von Treppi. " 

— Leonard Metcalf,former professor of mathematics 
at the College, was recently in town. Mr. Metcalf is 
now in business in Boston. 

— The Freshman foot ball eleven recently lined up 
against a team from Sunderland. The game resulted 
in a tie, the score being 11-11. 

— As part of the work in prescribed English the 
members of the Senior class have had to prepare for 
debate different subjects assigned to them. 

— Considerable interest in tennis has sprung up 
about college lately. If this interest had shown itself 
earlier, a tournament might have been held. 

The Sophomore class, or, more truthfully, the 
greater part of the class, are through with trigonometry 
the examinations having been given last week. 

■ — Dr. G. E. Stone is soon to publish a valuable 
Bulletin upon " Nematode Worms in Greenhouses. " 
The bulletin contains a number of drawings, the work 
of Prof. Smith. 

— The memorial exercises Wednesday the 9th will 
be conducted by Dr. Charles S. Walker and Rev. 
David Sprague. President Goodell delivering the 
memorial address. 

— Services in memory of Capt. W. M. Dickinson 
who fell in the late war, will be held in the stone chapel 
Wednesday, Nov. 9th at two o'clock. A large audi- 
ence was present at the exercises. 

— At a recent meeting of the Pomona Grange held 
in South Hadley, Nov. 3rd, Dr. J. B. Lindseyof the 
Hatch Experiment Station delivered an address upon 
" The Value of Concentrated Feeds. " 

— A change of time table has been made in the 
Electric railroad which passes the college grounds. 
The late car has been discontinued, the last car leav- 
ing the college grounds about 8-20 p. m. 

— The first lecture of the course of " College 
thought and Public interest " was held in College 
Hall Monday evening Nov. 7th. Prof. William 
James of Harvard College, spoke on the subject 
" What makes our lives significant ? " This course 
has on its schedule many of the most noted speakers 
and lecturers in the country and it will pay the stu- 
dents to attend. 

— The two lower classes had a little misunderstand- 
ing one day last week on the Botanic walk. Both 
sides consider themselves victorious and one or two 
men will remember the event for some time to come. 

— A number of the large black poplar trees which 
line the Botanic walk have been cut down. This is a 
great improvement and greatly adds to the view which 
is obtained from the grounds of the Botanical 

— Plans are nearly completed for the erection, south 
of the farm barn, of a glass house to be used in plant 
experiments. Experiments of past seasons have 
shown that work of this kind can be carried on success- 
fully in this climate. 

— It was reported that the steamer Panama which 
was conveying to this country the remains of Capt. 
Dickinson, was wrecked and all her passengers lost. 
We are glad to say that the report was false and that 
the ship made a safe voyage. 

— There have been a number of large holes drilled 
in the wall around the lower windows of the south 
dormitory. It was rumored a long while ago that iron 
railings were to be placed around these windows. We 
hope the proper authorities have not forgotten the 

— The Freshman class has elected the following 
officers : Pres't, W. Z. Chase ; vice-pres't, L. C. 
Claflin ; sec't, and treas., H. L. Knight ; historian, 
J. C. Hall ; foot ball capt., C. T. Ball : foot ball, 
manager, W. S. Holder ; class capt.; H. L. Bodfish ; 
sergt. at arms, E. F. McCobb. 

— The College Banjo Club has reorganized as fol- 
lows : banjo, Thaddeus Graves '01, D. S. B. Greeley 
'02 ; mandolin, J. W. Kellogg '00, E. W. Curtis '01 ; 
banjeurine, G. F, Stanley '00 : guitar, Y. H. Canto 
'00, J. B. Henry '01. G. F. Stanley has been chosen 
leader and J. W. Kellogg manager. 

— A week ago yesterday there was a very interest- 
ing and exciting game of foot ball played on the 
campus. The game was the result of a challenge 
issued by the two upper classes to the two lower. The 
upper classmen had more of the college team than 
their opponents, but nevertheless they were obliged to 
work hard to win, which they did by a small margin, 
one touchdown being secured. These games help to 
promote a friendly feeling and it would be well if they 
could be continued. 




— The Glee Club has not been organized as yet. 
It will be organized as soon as possible and now is the 
time for new singers to hand in their names. There 
are many men in college who with a little training 
would make a place on the club and these men are 
just the ones who should apply. The rehearsals will 
be held at a convenient hour and will be under the 
direction of an instructor. A Glee Club which does 
good work and amounts to something is a credit to a 
college and is a means of advertising that College. 

. — There is one exciting indoor sport which the 
Freshmen have not become acquainted with as as yet 
and that is indoor rifle practice. The gun shed is now 
vacant and there seems to be no prospect of having the 
guns back for some time to come. This affords an 
excellent opportunity for the use of the indoor range, 
Although there is no military department at present, 
it seems as though we might be given the use of a 
few rifles and some of the ammunition, of which there 
is a plenty. There can be no harm in this sport if 
proper care is taken, and there certainly can be much 
good obtained from it. 
y ■ — At last the foot ball team has re-organized and 
elected a new captain. It seems too bad that such a 
fine team as was put on the field the first of the 
season should go to pieces because of one day's hard 
luck. We had made a record of which we could be 
proud, and then to see the team break up was enough 
to discourage both its members and its supporters. 
But now let us begin with new energy. We have 
one more hard game to play and we must win it. 
Let all those who play on the team work faithfully, 
and all those who wish to see this next game won, 
come out and give them good strong practice. We 
can win by cooperation and hard work. 

— Work on the new dairy building is progressing 
rapidly, and i't will soon be completed. It is to be of 
wood, with floors of artificial stone, and walls of 
adamant plaster, covered with several coatings of 
enamel paint. In the north end of the building will be 
a small ice-house, and in the south end, the past- 
eurizing and cream-ripening rooms. An office pro- 
jects from one side. The general dairy room is in 
the centre, and will contain a milk receiving vat, 
separator, churn, and butterworker. The power to 
run this apparatus will come from a water motor. 

Steam will be supplied from the boiler in the Hatch 
barn near by, thus doing away with an engine and the 
dirt and dust connected with it. Milk will be conveyed 
from one tank to another mainly by force of gravity. 
The entire building will be 44x2 1ft., and will cost, 
exclusive of apparatus, about $1800. It is to be used 
by the dairy department of the Hatch Experiment 
Station, for purposes of experimental dairy work. 
Especial attention will be given to local problems in 
dairying, and also to the effect which different food- 
stuffs have on the quality of butter. Investigation in 
dairy bacteriology will not be undertaken at present. 


The observing student is constantly impressed by 
the many curious little contrivances and peculiar 
habits by means of which the most common of plants 
and animals are prepared to overcome the obstacles 
which surround them, for even plants have obstacles 
to surmount if they perpetuate their species. Seed 
Travellers, by Clarence Moores Weed, is as its title 
indicates, devoted to this subject. The book is divided 
into three heads, as follows : the wind as a seed dis- 
tributer, seed dissemination by birds, and seed dispersal 
by spines and hooks. The author states that no one 
is prepared to study nature as long as he regards any 
phenomenon, however slight in itself, as trivial and 
unworthy his regard. Library number 580-29 L 

Soil Ferments by H. W. Wiley. This treatise shows 
that the bacteria which provide nitrogenous food for 
plants are of three great classes. One of these exerts 
its activity only on organ ic nitrogen contained in the 
humus of the soil. The second class is developed 
symbiotically with the growing plants, herding in 
colonies upon their rootlets, and securing in their 
vital activity an oxidation of the free nitrogen of the 
atmosphere. These are chiefly confined to the family 
Leguminosae. The third class of organisms and the 
one least knoiyn appears to have the ability, in an 
independent form of life and without the aid of plant 
vitality, to secure the oxidation of the atmospheric 
nitrogen. Library number 631-230. 

Practical Plant Physiology, by Dr. W. Detmer, 
translated from the German by S. A. Moor, M. A. 
The teaching of plant physiology has been seriously 
retarded by the want of suitable manuals of laboratory 
practice and accordingly such a book as this is doubly 
appreciated. Plant physiology is of far reaching 
significence to the student of Natural Science, Forestry, 
or Agriculture. Library number 581- 137. 







The college friends of the late Capt. Walter M. 
Dickinson will in a few days erect to his memory a 
bronze memorial tablet, which will be mounted on a 
slab of Sienna marble, thirty-six by forty-two inches, 
and will bear the following inscription : 
In loving remembrance of 

Captain 17th U. S. Infantry- 
Pupil Teacher Soldier 
Mass. Agr'l College 1877— West Point Academy 1880. 
Born Amherst. 3rd April, 1856. 
Died on the field of battle. El Caney 2nd July, 1898 
Erected by his College friends 

" The day will surely come when one could wish no other 
epitaph than this. He lived and died an American Citizen." 

'86. — The marriage of William Alfred Eaton to 
Miss Laura Estabrcok Kimball occurred at 253 Mon- 
roe St., Brooklyn, N. Y., on Friday, Oct. 28. 

'95. — A. F. Burgess, assistant entomologist on the 
Gypsy Moth Commission, was in town last week on 
business for the commission. 


Avedis G. Adjemian is taking a post-graduate 
course in Chemistry under Dr. C. A. Goessmann at 
the Hatch Experiment Station. 

Charles N. Baxter is taking a course at Harvard 
college in History, Literature and the Languages. 

Clifford G. Clark is in the market gardening busi- 
ness at Sunderland, Mass. 

Julian S. Eaton is in the sugar brokerage business 
at 80 Wall St., New York. 

Willis S. Fisher is teaching at Mashpee, Mass. 




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The appointment of a trustee of our Alma Mater is a matter which 
should interest every one of her graduates. We cannot be too careful 
in the selection of men who are to have the guidance of our institution. 
The true sentiment of all our conscientious fellow graduates is for the 
selection of a man most capable, waiving all personal prejudices, a 
broadly educated man with independence of thought. 

During the past two days many of our alumni have been the recip- 
ients of two circulars bearing upon the selection of candidates. One 
has been in form of a personal letter advising the election of Mr. Geo. 
H. Ellis of West Newton and the re-election of Mr. J. D. W. French 
of Boston. The other candidates, Mr. W. H. Bowker of Boston, Mr. 
W. D. Hinds of Townsend and Mr. George L. Clemence of Southbridge 
have been ignored. The other circular signed by several graduates of 
the college gives information concerning the personal qualifications and 
life work of two of the candidates, Mr. Ellis and Mr. French, the other 
three candidates, Mr. Bowker, Mr. Hinds and Mr. Clemence, not being 
mentioned in the circular. The circular ends thus : " We hope you 
will vote for Mr. Ellis and Mr. French." 

Now we have no personal feeling against any one of these candidates. 
No doubt they are all good men, men who are well qualified and who 
would be a credit to the institution if elected; but would it not have been 
better, instead of showing this marked partiality to the favorite men, to 
have given the personal qualifications of each candidate and then have 
left the matter to each alumnus to cast his vote for the man who in his 
best judgment would best serve his Alma Mater ? 

Again, would it not be well to take into consideration the names of 
such men as have shown in past years by their connection with the col- 
lege, their ability in office and deep interest in all matters pertaining to 
our institution ? Does not experience count for a great deal ? Is it 
not poor policy to disregard the names of men who have been tried and 
found fit for the position, graduates of the college, men who have dem- 
onstrated their fitness for this office ? What motive is there in making 
this radical change, the supplanting of older trustees, men who are so 
well known and so heartily endorsed by graduate brothers, for men 
unknown and untried ? The free-thinking alumni ask these questions 
and unless satisfactorily answered will vote according to their own 
convictions. * An Alumnus. 

[This communication was received too late to be placed in the 
regular issue of the Life — Ed.] 


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Turner, Manager. 
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The Public Winter Meeting of the Massachusetts 
State Board of Agriculture will be held at Town Hall 
Amherst, on Dec. 6. 7, and 8. The programme for 
this important event covers a series of lectures by 
prominent men, on subjects interesting, not only to 
the people of the whole state, but more especially to 
those whose homes are in the Connecticut valley. 
For instance, the tobacco question — so vital to the 
farmers of this section of the country — will receive able 
treatment from Dr. E. H. Jenkins, Vice-Director 
of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment station. 
For a number of years past Dr. Jenkins has made the 
method of raising and curing tobacco a subject for 
special study. Perhaps the discussion of this one 
point alone would be sufficient to bring together a 
large number of agriculturists, but yet there are many 
other problems to be treated, interesting alike to the 
dairyman, the farmer and the businessman ; such as 
"The business side of agriculture," by J. H. Hale, 
South Glastonbury, Conn., "The Place that Fruit 
Growing should hold in New England Agriculture, " 

by S. P. Willard, Geneva, N. Y. ;"How can New 
England compete with the West in Dairying ? " by 
Dr. J. L. Hill, Director Vermont Agricultural Experi- 
ment station and many other interesting topics. An 
address of welcome will be delivered by President 
Goodell at 10 a. m. Tuesday. 

At the meeting of the Association of Land Grant 
Colleges and Experiment Stations held in Washington 
Nov. 15, 16 and 17, President H. H. Goodell was 
re-elected to the chairmanship of the executive com- 
mittee. Many matters of deep interest to these col- 
leges were brought before this meeting. In pursuance 
of a plan to give to the graduates of these colleges 
the chance to do graduate work at Washington, the 
Secretary of Agriculture proposes to ask this year for 
an appropriation of $30,000 to be given out in fellow- 
ships of $300 or $400 each to graduates who will 
agree to do special work in the different divisions of 
the department while they are at work. This plan, if 
carried out, will greatly increase the usefulness of 
these divisions by placing at the service of our gradu- 
ates libraries, collections and equipment for such work 



which cannot be equaled by any college or uni\/3r3ity 
in the United States. Another matter which deeply 
concerns these colleges is the proposition to memori- 
alize congress on the subject of making West Point a 
graduate school, the students to come from these 
Land Grant colleges at the close of the Sophomore 
year, thus materially raising the standard of entrance 
and the whole curriculum of study at West Point. 
The present standard of admission is only high enough 
to permit the students to enter the high schools of the 
country. The change would benefit West Point by 
making a marked advance in scholarship and it would 
be a great advantage to these colleges as it would open 
a direct avenue for our students who desire to follow 
a military career. The Committee on Graduate 
Work at the different Scientific Divisions in Wash- 
ington was continued with full powers to introduce a 
bill into Congress whenever the time would seem 

Many of our students have firmly believed for 
some time that it would be a great advantage to our 
societies if some sort of an agreement could be made 
among them to delay the pledging of new men till 
some time later in the year. In years past it has 
seemed too much like, " get all you can, " in each of 
the societies. However much may be known of a 
man before he comes to college, it would undoubtedly 
be better to have the personal acquaintance and know- 
ledge which comes from at least one term of associa- 
tion in College life. By the end of that time it would 
be possible to know with moral certainty something of 
the character and ability of each new man. They 
will have had time to become acquainted with many 
more men outside their own class, and with something 
more of the principles and spirit which govern the 
action of each society. Knowing these things they 
will be influenced in their decision as to which frater- 
nity they prefer to join, by their opinion of the men 
as a class rather than by the personal attraction and 
influence of one or two men. This, it seems to us, 
must raise the standard of membership in each of the 
societies. Feeling as we do in this matter, we are 
extremly glad that a step has at last been taken 
toward this end, by a conference of delegates from 
each of the societies. Judging by the unanimity of 
spirit on this point shown at this meeting, there will be 

little difficulty in securing such an agreement. It* 
will probably be found to be more difficult to obtain a 
faithful, honorable adherance thereto ; but this should 
not be difficult, for no man who possesses a particle of 
self-respect, honor and loyalty to his fraternity can so 
far forget himself as to dishonor the obligation placed 
upon him by such an agreement on the part of the 
society to which he belongs. 


The following poem, v/ritten by Albert Bryant, was 
read at the memorial exercises held for the late Capt. 
Walter M. Dickinson at the M. A. C. chapel. 

Tlie sons of ttiose, wliose valor once did win 

For liberty these hills, in heritage 
Of holy sepulchers and sainted kin. 

Learn from rare honor loftiness of soul ; 
And see in visions of the coming age 

Men free from pole to pole. 

Holyoke and Tom and Sugarloaf, to-night. 

With all your circle watching on the steep. 
Lift up your summits in the farewell light 

Radiant and beautiful, as when of old 
You first saw dust of heroes laid to sleep 

Here in the valley mould. 

For not in vain this valley bred and gave 

To liberty, that early day, a race, 
And still preserves, a martyr-shrine, each grave 

That tells of pledges which were grandly kept 
'Mid Freedom's battle-fires by names we trace. 

Immortal since they slept. 

So not unheard the Children of the Isles 

Breathed to the Southern stars their bitter cry. 

When Northern winds to these free mountain piles 
Brought echoes calling ever " Help and save I" 

As one, the Nation answered " Here am 1 !" 
Her navies bridged the wave. 

Not mine to speak the words should fitly set 
Our brothers' deeds, their shining sacrifice. 

Enough, their creed they kept ; the foe they met ; 
And, conquering, they held it equal gain 

To greet the vanquished, love's light in their eyes, 
Or die in forest lane. 

Land, exuh ! Thy flag of blood-washed stars 
Now blesses milUons rescued from their chains. 

Give thy worn heroes, homeward from the wars. 
The noblest greeting ever paid their kind I 

Land, exult through all thy hills and plains 
And strive new praise to find. 



But some hear not. Forever ours the debt 
For praise too tardy. We are blind with tears, 

Tribute of love, but guiltless of regret. 

The costly incense from our bruised hearts meet, 

While Honor's altar-flame before us clears — 
The sacrifice complete. 

Behold the offering with garlands bright I 
The boy whose school-room v/as this classic vale — 

The youth with sunny hair that kept its light — 
The soldier disciplined in school and camp — 

The patriot v/hose passion could not fail, 
V/hose duty was his lamp ! 

How mourns the sire whose son dares honor's height. 
Or mother fond who pointed out the path ? 

Would grieving wife defraud the record bright, 
Or they whose brother sleeps on glory's field ? 

Eternal fame has called him, not in wrath ; 
We falter, weep and yield. 

From grateful soil his blood made hallowed ground 
His country's turf now claims her warrior's clay ; 

His name a place in lasting bronze has found : 
What further tribute left for memory ? 

Persuasive silence pleads for him to-day, 
•' Keep all he died for free I " 

On broad Potomac's kindly banks, 
Long opulent in heroes' dust, 

Now lay our soldier in their ranks 
Who kept their country's trust. 

Near where the nation's Founder sleeps 
Her slain defenders slumber round ; 

And. far-seen, storied marble keeps 
Watch o'er the holy ground. 

There soft shall lie our warrior's head. 
And rare the fellowship of clay. 

While Love and Honor guard his bed, 
And Faith kneels there to pray. 


Dark days the sun doth rise 

And drag across the sky. 
Until the beaten daylight dies 

And moaning night winds cry. 

Across the waste there comes a call 
From one long loved — and lost ; 

And when the long night watches fall. 
My soul is tempest-tossed. 

But thou shalt call in vain, Level 
For days like ours of yore. 

For thou hast slain our joy, O Love I 
And it riseth nevermore. — Ex. 


During the winter of '75 I went with my father log- 
ging near the head waters of the Penobscot River in 
Maine. I was only a boy then. Now I can almost 
see my mother as she stood in the door of our house 
bidding us good-by. She was loath to have me go — 
in fact so was my father — but 1 pleaded so hard that 
at last they consented. Boy fashion 1 was longing to 
do something that would make me a hero in the eyes 
of my boy acquaintances. 1 also knew that if I stayed at 
home I could not get work and as our financial condi- 
tion was very lamentable 1 was anxious to do what 
little 1 could to better it. Probably mother would 
have more readily given her consent if father had not 
been addicted to drink. Two nights before our 
departure while father was out on his " last spree " as 
he said, my little mother came up to me and putting 
her arms about my neck — an uncommon thing in our 
household — said, "Roy, my boy, you know where 
your father is to-night; you can see what drink has done. 
It has ruined his life and our home. Now, dear son," 
and a sob broke her voice, "when you're away don't 
drink for your own sake and for your mother's sake. 
Promise me you will not." 

I looked up into her face and saw a look there such 
as 1 had never seen before. Her eyes looked at me 
pleadingly through a mist of tears, Had 1 wished to, 
I could not have said "no." I turned my head to 
hide my own tears and said in a husky whisper " no, 

Immediately she took my cheeks in both her hands 
and placed a kiss upon my lips that even now seems 
to burn there, and then left the room. 

My whole course of thinking had been turned, I 
went to bed that night with deeper thoughts than had 
ever entered my mind before. I had begun of late to 
think upon the reason why my home was not like other 
boys' homes and why my mother had to work so hard. 
I knew father often came home drunk, but 1 had 
become so used to it that I did not think much about 
it. Then and there as 1 lay on my bed staring into 
the black darkness 1 made my first earnest prayer to 
God to help me in my promise. 

The first month of my life in the woods as lumber- 
man passed without incident. I learned fast and 
being a vigorous youth soon became, for one so young, 
an expert wood chopper. Naturally I was made the 



butt of many jokes but I did not mind it. I also had 
to do most of the errands for the camp. 

The main event of my career as lumberman hap- 
pened at the beginning of my second month. Some- 
how the men got hold of some rum and before the 
night was half over they were having a wild carousal. 
I sat over at one side near the fire and thinking how 
much like animals men can be when out of their 
senses. I became tired of watching them, and as my 
fear had become allayed 1 arose and started to go 
to my bunk in the lean-to. My movements drew the 
attention of several of the men. Evidently I had been 
forgotten and as I started for the door one of the 
teamsters known as " Big Mike " came unsteadily 
towards me saying, " Oh, here's the little lumberman, 
we forgot him, he's not had his drink. Come," said 
he, offering me a bottle, " take a little." 

I declined, upon which he got rather angry and said, 
"You won't, eh ? Well, we'll see," and grabbing me 
by the shoulder he tried to force some liquor into my 
mouth. I shut my teeth and strenuously objected. 
The men began to gather around, some laughing loudly 
and applauding, others simply looking on. All of a 
sudden 1 saw one make a dash from the back part of 
the log hut and push aside the onlookers. It was my 

I can hardly remember what next followed. I heard 
him say, " No you don't, Mike, let him go," and saw 
him make a grab for the big teamster. The men 
knew what to expect and formed a ring. Both my 
father and Big Mike were mad with drink and both 
fought like animals. How long the fight lasted I can 
not say, but it seemed hours though it was surely only'sev- 
eral minutes. At last 1 could stand it no longer for 1 
saw my father was getting the worst of it, and ran at 
the teamster myself. As I did so I received in the 
face a blow that was intended for my father and that 
is all I can remember. 

I was told afterwards that when I was picked up all 
believed me dead. It was not for weeks that I came 
to myself. Brain typhoid fever set in within two or 
three days after the incident before they could get me 
to the village, and for weeks 1 raved like one mad. I 
learned afterwards though that the men did all in their 
power to help me. Lumbermen are very thoughtful 
when in their own minds. The first thing that 1 can 
remember when I began to get well is seeing my 

mother at my bedside. A week or so later when I 
could talk she leaned over me and said, " You didn't 
drink, my boy; you kept your promise." 

Father died a drunkard ; but one good result came 
from my logging experience. One of the loggers, a 
young fellow made a vow to me when I got well that 
he had not drank any since that night, and that he 
would never touch the stuff again. He has kept his vow. 

1900 INDEX. 

The thirtieth volume of the Index will soon be 
ready for the public. We will leave our patrons 
to find out for themselves the superiority of our pub- 
lication over all other Indexes with but brief mention of 
its contents. 

The book contains the customary college statistics, 
compiled with the greatest accuracy, the alumni 
directory, revised to date, and a few facts in regard to 
college happenings and to the prominent men about 
college, the manner by which they gained their prom- 
inence and the means they use to retain themselves 
in their exalted positions. We have a delightful short 
story on a subject dear to the heart of every student, 
and a poem, the recollections of an alumnus of the 
delights of a visit to old " Aggie," his Alma Mater. 
Our artistic features are many and varied and add 
greatly to the attractiveness of the book. A charac- 
teristic half-tone, from photographs taken in the class- 
room with our own camera, and a characteristic sketch 
of each member of the faculty may prove of inter- 
est to some, while a full page view of the new Veter- 
inary Laboratory and Hospital will surely interest all. 

We have also a sketch of the life of the late Cap- 
tain Walter Mason Dickinson, who was so closely 
connected with us and our college, together with an 
excellent reproduction of his likeness heretofore 

" An uzzer chip off zee China," 

The fat French chief read with glee, 
But the dish-washing girl 
As she banged round the plates. 

Said, " That is stale news to me." — Ex. 

" What is the complexion of your little baby sister, 
dark or fair ?" asked a lady of a small boy. 

" To tell the truth," was the reply, " she is a little 
yeller." — Ex 





Whenever the home football team or baseball team 
returns from a well-fought and hard-earned victory, 
or whenever they defeat some rival team on the cam- 
pus, we celebrate the triumph and announce the 
tidings to the townspeople by ringing the chapel bell. 
On such occasions everyone seems possessed of a 
whole volcano of feeling which seems trying in an 
hundred ways to make its escape. Even the most 
sedate lose for a time their absorbed demeanor and 
join with all their heart in the spirit of the hour. 
Everything is forgotten except that a victory has been 
won by M. A. C. Every man fe.els that he is a 
sharer in the glory ,and feels proud that he is an Aggie 

But the bell has another message for us at 
such times ; it tells us of more than our victory on the 
gridiron or on the diamond. It has a deeper lesson for 
us if we will but heed it, one that is fraught with 
much that concerns us deeply in our college life. 

On such occasions as a college celebration we see 
an approach to an ideal college spirit. Uppermost 
in each student's heart is the glory, good name, and 
welfare of his alma mater. For the time being 
everything else is forgotten. Each student rises to a 
higher plane, and feels that he has done so. He 
does not however pause to analyze his feelings ; he 
could not tell you, were you to ask him. Patriot- 
ism, pure and simple, has taken possession of his soul. 
It is this patriotism that unites him with his fellows. 
It is this common interest in the welfare of the col- 
lege that gives birth to patriotism and promotes uni- 
versal good feeling. At the present time our ath- 
letics are about the only factor of any consequence 
besides the daily association of man with man and 
experience has shown that this is not suf- 
ficent to the purpose — that we have to break down 
those barriers which selfishness and thoughtlessness 
are constantly building up. They operate both in 
defeat and victory to strengthen the bond of sympathy 
among us. Whether we lose or win, that sympathy 
finds its expression in every face either in that quiet 
sullen acknowledgement of defeat with the determina- 
tion to do better -another time, or in the happy, smil- 
ing countenance that bespeaks a deep inward satisfac- 
tion and a keen pleasure. 

But the patriotism that manifests itself on special 

occasions does not obtain so thoroughly in our every- 
day life as is possible or desirable. It is not enough 
that it should exist only to remain dormant. Its man- 
ifestation at times is proof that we are noble enough 
to appreciate its worth ; but if we must rise to the 
occasion what is the natural inference concerning the 
interims ? Are we not divided among ourselves a 
little too much ? And would not greater unity among 
us be very desirable ? The discussion that these 
questions involve I leave for each one to dwell upon 
for himself, feeling sure that he will arrive at what 
seems to me to be the only answer. 

In closing I would ask you to carefully weigh this 
matter and see whether or no it is founded upon fact. 
If it is based upon truth will you not lend your aid in 
helping along anything that may have for its aim the 
promotion of college patriotism and a closer knit fel- 
lowship at Aggie? Whatever our aspirations may be 
we cannot indulge in any but the highest wishes for 
the college that contributes to our education, and may 
the time soon come when every stroke of our chapel 
bell shall be an expression of the love, fidelity, and 
patriotism which each one of us feels for our beloved 
M. A. C, and when each peal may tell the outside 
world that Aggie stands for that eternal truth " United 
we stand, divided we fall." 


In our childhood days when we puzzled our brains 
over the mysteries of United States geography, we 
learned that the most easterly point of the United 
States was the town of Eastport in northeastern Maine, 
and undoubtedly most of us immediately forgot the 
fact and to-day neither know nor care whether it is 
Eastport or Westport that reachest farthest out into 
the Atlantic. Such may be your feelings but a single 
glance at this old historic town perched on a rocky 
cliff and surrounded by all that is most beautiful and 
picturesque in nature must certainly cause a change 
of mind. 

It is for this reason I ask you to travel with me for 
a few minutes into this land where the blue moun- 
tains rise out of the green waves of the Atlantic, 
where the sun casts its first beams over rolling white- 
capped billows and sinks to rest behind the wood cov- 
ered hills of Canada. 

It was late on an August afternoon that we took the 



steamer at Boston and leaving the hot, dusty, bust- 
ling city behind, turned to the north with the fresh 
sea breeze blowing in our faces and a trail of churn- 
ing, foaming billows stretching in the wake of the 
vessel as far back as the eye could see. Down 
through the harbor, passing here a tiny fishing smack, 
and there a beautiful yacht skimming like a bird over 
the tossing waters, and still farther on a little steam 
tug towing some vessel into the city wharves, on and 
on past the grim forts with their black mouthed guns, 
on past the old historic landmarks of the harbor, out 
into the broad ocean, until the glistening roofs and 
shining spires of the city behind grew more and more 
indistinct and faded away while twilight deepened and 
night settled down over all. 

As the day was beautiful the night was even more 
so, for with the coming darkness out of the eastern 
waters rose the golden moon. It was a scene never 
to be forgotten, never to be described. The throb- 
bing vessel as it rushed on through the pathless deep, 
the wash and roll of the waves, the picturesque, whis- 
pering groups scattered on the upper deck, the long 
trail of white glistening foam stretching out behind, 
and over all the great yellow moon, made this mid- 
summer night's scene one never to be erased from 
memory's tablet. At midnight we saw in the distance 
a small shining light and were told by the captain that 
it was the great lighthouse in Portland Harbor sixty 
miles to the westward. Then going below we were 
lulled to sleep by the gentle rolling of the vessel and 
the song of the moving waters. 

How different was the scene that morning revealed. 
In the riight a heavy fog had sprung up and all the 
forenoon with reduced speed and whistling fog horn 
the vessel cautiously proceeded on her way. We 
were only a short distance from the rocky shores of 
Northern Maine, but the fog was so dense that they 
were as indiscernible as if it were midnight instead of 

But about three o'clock in the afternoon came a 
change so sudden, so beautiful, so unexpected, that it 
seemed almost like a transfer into another world. 
The steamer in its silent onward progress had left 
four hundred miles of tossing waters behind, and now 
as land drew near, we suddenly went through the wall 
of fog and in a single instant the impenetrable gray 
wall of mist was lifted disclosing to our eyes the mani- 

fold beauties of Eastport harbor. It was like the 
lifting of Nature's curtain that might view her 
most beautiful scenes. 

In the foreground was the harbor dotted with 
wooded, rocky islands, and stretching far back inland 
until it was lost in the faint outlines of St. Croix river. 
On the left the little fishing towns of Eastport and 
Lubec with their straggling streets and scattered 
homes seemed to be veritably clinging to the rocks 
on which they were built, while farther inland a semi- 
circular chain of blue wooded mountain extending far 
to the north into Canadian dominion formed a most 
beautiful setting for the bay, the villages and the 
islands before us. On the Eastport wharves a 
jolly, laughing crowd were waiting for the incoming 
vessel and the swarthy Indian, the scheming trades- 
man, and the blushing, smiling summer girl each and 
all were ready to impartially welcome both friend and 

In describing any one fishing town you describe a 
thousand others for they are all closely allied species 
of the same genus. The same wandering picturesque 
streets with the old colonial wooden buildings on 
either hand, all stretching down and seeming to center 
at the water's edge, where is to be found every craft 
from a row-boat to a man-of-war, and the same all- 
pervading never-to-be-eradicated fishy smell, these are 
some of the characteristics that make our American 
fishing towns so full of interest and charm to the curi- 
ous stranger. 

Everything is fish. What few of the inhabitants 
are not directly engaged in catching the wily inhab- 
itant of the deep spend their time in buying and sell- 
ing this same product which is supplied to them in 
unlimited quantities by their more fortunate brothers. 
All the people not only eat fish but the farmers raise 
the produce on fish bones and therefore when an 
inhabitant of a seaport town seats himself at the fes- 
tive board and partakes of the necessities and luxuries 
of life, it matters not whether it be meat or vegetables, 
bread or pastry, the menu may still be written with 
the one word fish. Historians tell us that a diet of 
fish is conducive to the formation of brains and that 
fish eaters are always intelligent. But I was led to 
wonder if it was also fish that made these people such 
loyal citizens and hospitable friends, if it was fish that 
made the sons of Maine so noble in their manly 



strength and gave to the Old Pine Tree state the 
fairest daughters of the world, if so, long live the genus 

Leaving Eastport and its fascinating surroundings 
we drove inland twelve miles or more through woods 
of spruce and hemlock and along the shores of the Pas- 
samaquoddy, until at last we reached our destination. 

I would that I might tell of the following days and 
weeks, of summer mornings spent fishing on bay and 
river, of the long afternoons when we sailed and rowed 
on the same and of the moonlight evenings when we 
drifted over the silvery waters of beautiful old Passa- 
maquoddy, of the old Canadian towns that we visited 
on the other side where the characteristics of the 
Frenchman, the Englishman and the American are so 
curiously blended in the single individual. I would 
that I might relate the story of sailing expeditions 
galore, of picnics innumerable, and of the journey 
home down by the frowning, rocky coast to the spa- 
cious and beautiful harbor of Portland and thence 
back to our starting point. But already have I 
lingered too long and must now say good-by, only 
hoping that I may have awakened in some heart the 
desire to see those same rocky shores, to hear those 
whispering forests, and to make the close acquaint- 
ance of that most delightful people the dwellers of the 
old Pine Tree state, the rock-bound, sea-girt state of 


Aggie Freshmen, 6 ; Sunderland, 5. 

The freshman team went to Sunderland and played 
a return game Nov. 21. 

Capt. Woodbury won the toss and defended the 
east goal. Bodfish kicked off for Freshmen. The 
man was downed on the 20-yard line and after gaining 
about ten yards the ball was given to the Freshmen 
on four downs. The Freshmen now started for a 
touchdown but when they got on the 20-yard line Sun- 
derland held for downs. Freshmen then held for 
downs and this time pushed Bodfish over for touch- 
down. Pierson kicked goal. Sunderland kicked off 
but time was soon called with ball in Aggie territory. 

Sunderland kicked off in second half, caught by 
Pierson who was downed on the 40-yard line. Pier- 
son punted and after one play the ball became '02 on 
a fumble, caught by Fulton, Sunderland again ^ot it 

on a fumble and after some dispute made a touch- 
down. Failed to kick goal. Score, '02, 6 ; Sunder- 
land, 5. '02 got the ball after kick-off. Bodfish 
made a 30-yard run but fumbled the ball. Umpire 
gave ball to Sunderland after James caught it. Capt. 
Woodbury made a 40-yard run but was downed by 
Dellea. Time was called with ball in Sunderland 
territory. The line-up is as follows : 

Morse, 1. e. r. e., Hubbard 

Co!e, 1. t. r. t., Monahan 

James, H. E., 1. g. r. g-., Smith 

Peabody, c. c. Darling 

Belden, r. g. 1. g., Howe 

Gates, James, H. F., r. t. 1. t., Clarke. R 

Fulton, r. e. 1. e., H. Woodbury 

Dellea, q. b. q. b., Clarke, C 

Ball (Capt), 1. h. b. r. h. b.. Pomeroy 

Bodfish, r. h. b, 1. h, b.. Dill 
Pierson, 1. b. 1. b. Woodbury (Capt) 

Sophomore, 21 ; Freshman, 0. 

On the afternoon of Nov. 10, in a drizzling rain 
v/hich had prepared the ground in good shape, — a 
typical football day of the season, the Freshmen lined 
up against the Sophomores for the long expected class 

The Sophomores carried everything from the first. 
Their chief gains were made round the end. Buck- 
ing the line did not seem to work very well on the soft 
ground although Barry made good gains for 1901 
through center. Both Chickering and Ahearn made 
a touchdown round left end, and Curtis on a tackle 
back play got through his own tackle and scored 
another. The heaviest gain was made by Chapman 
on a Freshman punt, when he ran nearly the whole 
length of the field and reached line without being 
downed. Kicking goals was a failure ; only one point 
was gained, and that on Chickering's touchdown. 

Barry's work against the line and Ahearn round 
end were the salient points in the game for the soph- 
omores. Ball worked hard for the Freshmen but it 
was no use. Dellea made some good tackles. The 
line-up was as follows : 


Ahearn. r. e. 1. e., McCobb 

Cooke, r. t. 1. t.. Cole 

Gamwell, r. g. 1. g., James 

Rice, c. c, Peabody 

Bridgeforth, 1. g. r. g., Bodfish 

Curtis, Pierson. 1. t, r. t.. Gates 

Rogers, 1. e. r. e., Fulton 


AGGIE L,lk>-h. 

Whitman, q. b. q. b., Dellea 

Chickering, r. h. b. 1. h. b., Ball 

Chapman, 1. h. b., r. h. b., Belden 

Barry, f. b. f. b., Chase 

Score — Sophomores 21, Freshmen 0. Touchdowns — 

Ahearn, Chickering, Curtis, Chapman. Umpire — Prof. Lull. 
Referee — F. H. Turner. 

Worcester Technology, 1 1 ; M. A. C, 0. 

Aggie was defeated by the Technology eleven Sat- 
urday, Nov. 12. This is the second game which has 
been played on the campus, and the last of the 

The halves were but 15 and 20 minutes, though 
our acting captain tried to arrange for longer ones. 

Nelson won the toss and chose to defend the south 
goal. Brooks kicked off to Canto who made a fine 
run of 15 yards before being downed. The wind 
being in our favor, the signal was given to kick. 
Tech's full back caught the ball on the 30-yard line 
and was downed on the spot. Then by a quick play 
they sent their half-back through our line for a good 
gain. Here the ball was fumbled and our boys lined 
up only to lose it again on a fumble. From this point 
the Worcester eleven rushed the ball up the field for 
a touchdown. They failed, however, to kick goal. 

Nelson made a fine kick-off and Walsh was 
downed by Cooke before he had gained a yard. Here, 
first Aggie held for downs, and then Technology did 
the same. At this juncture the latter made repeated 
gains and finally aided by a 25 yard run, landed the 
ball behind the posts. Score, 1 1-0. 

This time the ball was kicked to Brooks who re- 
turned the kick. Our boys fumbled the ball and a 
Tech man caught it up and started up the field with 
no one to stop him. At this point the spectators saw 
one of the finest sights ever seen on a football field. 
Canto our famous little quarter-back sprinted after 
him and after a phenomenal run of 45 yards caught 
up with him and brought him to the ground on our 
10-yard line. Here Aggie held for downs and at the 
' next play our full-back was taken out of the game half 
unconscious resulting from a kick in the head. Chap- 
man was put in 1. h. b., with Barry full-back. Here 
by the fine dashes of Chapman, the ball was rushed 
up to the center of the field, when time was called. 

In the second half the ball changed hands contin- 
ually and was first at one end of the field and then at 
the other. It is strange that now when our boys had 

to run up hill and had the wind against them, they 
held the Tech eleven with ease. In the second half 
our men outplayed the Worcester eleven in every 
way. The last few minutes our men played a fierce 
game rushing the ball rapidly toward their goal. 
Neither side scored. Summary : 


Rogers, 1. e. 1. e.. Wood 

Cooke, 1. t. 1. t., Simpson 

Ball, 1. g. . • 1. g., Nutting 

Crowell, c. c, Perkins 

Stanley, r. g. r. g., Putnam 

Hooker, Beaman, r. t. r. t., Page 

Ahearn, r. e. r. e., Maynard 

Canto, q. b. q. q., Willis 

Barry, Chapman, 1. h. b. 1. h. b-, Walsh (Capt) 

Chickering. r. h. b. r. h. b., Birge 

Nelson, (act. Capt) f. b. f. b., Brooks 

Score — Worcester Technology 11. Aggie 0. Touchdowns 

— Walsh, Brooks. Umpire — Stone. Referee — Smith. Time- 
keeper — Gamwell. Linesmen — Lisle, Brown, Time — 15 
and 20 minute halves. 

Collet? No-fc?S- 

— A. L. Frost, '00, has returned to college. 
— The fall term will close Thursday, Dec. 22d. 
— The foot ball team has disbanded for the season, 
— The foot ball team was recently photographed 
by Lovell. 

— Professor S. T. Maynard recently made a trip to 
Washington, D. C. 

— Dr. Stone spent the Thanksgiving recess at his 
home in Worcester. 

— E. S. Gamwell, '01, .spent the Thanksgiving 
recess in Springfield. 

— Professor Charles H. Fernald spent part of the 
Thanksgiving recess in New York City. 

— On Saturday evenings an electric car will leave 
North Amherst for Amherst about 9-30. 

— Dr. C. S. Walker spoke at a meeting of the 
Congregational club recently held in Springfield. 

— Fred Mills of the Columbia law school spent 
Thanksgiving with his father Professor G. F. Mills. 

— Professor and Mrs. S. T. Maynard entertained a 
party of students, at their home Thanksgiving eve. 

— Francis E. Hemenway, formerly of the Sopho- 
more class recently spent a few days at the college 




— Rev. C. W. Hawley of the East Congregational 
church preached in the college chapel Sunday Nov 20. 

— W. R. Crowell, '00, and A. R. Dorman, '01, 
acted as ushers at a wedding recently held in Springfield. 

— W. D. Ballantine, '01, has been elected captain 
of the Amherst college foot ball team for the following 

— Arrangements were made to accommodate 
nearly 900 people in the chapel at the memorial 

— The portrait of Capt. W. M. Dickinson which 
was the work of Lovell of Amherst is now on exhibi- 
tion in Boston. 

— W. H. Bowker, '71, S. C. Damon, '82 and J. 
H. Demond all trustees of the college were present 
at the memorial exercises. 

— On Wednesday evening, Dec. 7 from 7-30 to 
9-30 a receptton will be given to the Board of Agri- 
culture in the college chapel. 

■ — Dr. E. Winchester Donald of Boston, is the 
next speaker in the lecture course of " College 
Thought and Public Interest." 

— The Senior division in Political Economy has 
finished the text-book and are now taking up Gib- 
bins' '' Industrial History of England." 

— J. D. Whitman formerly a member of the Soph- 
omore class at the Massachusetts Institute of Tech- 
nology has entered the Sophomore class. 

— The president's address delivered at the memo- 
rial exercises, which was printed in full in the Amherst 
Record will soon be printed in pamphlet form. 

— An unusual number of shooting stars has been 
noticed during the past two weeks and a marvelous 
exhibition of meteors is predicted for next year. 

— Most of the students went home during the 
Thanksgiving recess but those who remained, enjoyed 
an excellent dinner at the college boarding house. 

— President Goodell has been elected chairman 
of the executive committee of the American Asso- 
ciation of Agricultural colleges and experiment stations. 

— Work on the Veterinary laboratory has been rap- 
idly pushed until now the building begins to take on 
some form. The laboratory will be one of our finest 
college buildings. 

— On Monday, Nov. 21, the Freshman football 
team went to Sunderland and there lined up against 
an eleven from that town. The Freshmen won by a 
score of 6-5, 

— The Senior division in Entomology have finished 
the course in lectures for the term. For the rest of 
the term four two hour periods a week will be devoted 
to laboratory work. 

— The reading room is now heated by steam, radi- 
ators being placed there some weeks ago. We hope 
that steam will soon be carried to the remaining rooms 
in the north dormitory. 

— Week before last was the week of prayer for 
the Young Men's Christian Associations in the differ- 
ent colleges. A special meeting was held on the Tues- 
day evening of that week. 

— Now that the foot ball season is over it is time 
that the polo association organized. A great deal of 
interest was taken last year in polo and we hope the 
same will be true this year. 

— The annual Thanksgiving recess exte nded from 
Wednesday Nov. 23 to the following Tuesday. The 
students are expected to make up last Monday by 
attending recitations on next Saturday. 

— Dr. J. B. Lindsey addressed an institute held at 
Granby, Nov. 10, under the auspices of the Massa- 
chusetts Creamery association and the Massachusetts 
Dairy Bureau of the Board of Agriculture. 

— Professor Genung of Amherst college is giving a 
series of lectures upon Tennyson's " In Memoriam." 
These lectures are given in the Amherst College chapel 
every Friday evening and all who are intersted in the 
subject are invited to attend, no admission being 

— W. E. Chapin and W.H. Armstrong, '99, and C. 
A. Crowell, Jr., 00, as delegates from Alpha Chapter 
attended a convention of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fra- 
ternity held with Theta Chapter of Columbia Univer- 
sity at New York on the evening of Friday, Nov. 
18, 1898. 

— Three delegates from each of the four societies 
in college recently met together and formed what may 
be termed a society conference. This conference is 
to promote a better feeling among the societies and 
to advance that broader college spirit which is an 
essential element in every institution. 


— The freshman class caps have arrived. There 
must have been some element in the committee which 
selected these hats that was very remote from all 
that which pertains to style or beauty, for both of these 
essentials seem to be absolutely wanting in the objects 
which a few of the freshmen still wear on their heads. 

— Many of the students who board at the college 
boarding house, instead of taking the walk on their 
way to meals have taken a short cut across the grounds 
in front of H. M. Thomson's house and have greatly 
injured the lawn. The students should remember 
that the lawn is a part of the college grounds and no 
one wishes to injure their excellent appearance. 

— Among the graduates of the M. A. C.who attended 
the meeting of the association of Land Grant colleges 
and Experiment Stations at Washington were Profes- 
sors Maynard and Brooks, Holland and Goessman 
from Aggie; Jones and Hill of Vermont; Wash- 
burn, Wheeler, Hartwell and Brigham of Rhode 
Island; Frank B. Carpenter of Virginia and Harry 
Wells of Washington. 

■ — The water has been drained out of the pond in 
pursuance of a plan to dig out the lower end and remove 
the sediment which had collected there. There has 
been no water in the pond now for two or three weeks 
and we would suggest that if nothing is to be done until 
next term, that the pond be flooded again. Cold 
weather has set in and the opportunity for polo practice 
should not be hindered by any delay. 

— Exercises in memory of Capt. W. M. Dickinson 
were held in the college chapel, Wednesday, Nov. 
2nd at 2-00 p. m. A very large audience was present 
consisting of friends and relatives of Capt. Dickinson. 
The local lodge of masons of which he was once 
master, attended in a body as did also the senior class 
in uniform. President Goodell delivered the memorial 
address and Rev. Albert Bryant of Scituate read a 
poem. Music was furnished by a chorus of singers 
from Northampton. 

— The winter meeting of the State Board of Agri- 
culture will be held in this town Dec. 6, 7 and 8. 
Dr. C. S. Walker will make the opening prayer and 
President Goodell will deliver the opening address. 
The lecture on Tuesday evening of that week by Dr. 
G. Stanley Hall of Clark University, on the subject 
" The love and study Nature, " will be especially 

interesting. The faciilty and students of the college 
are urged to attend the exercises which will be held 
in the Town Hall. 

— Sometime ago an article appeared in these col- 
umns concerning the honor system. It is evident that 
the majority of the students do not realize the import- 
ance of adopting this system as a class or as a college. 
The honor system places the professor and student 
upon an equal basis and produces confidence of pro- 
fessor in pupil and student in professor. The best 
effort of the student is shown in his work and the 
standing and rank of the whole college is raised. We 
heartily recommend that some of the lower classes 
adopt the honor system, which if given a fair trial is 
sure to prove successful. 

— We still have occasion to speak about the treat- 
ment of the college papers in the reading room. 
Many of the students seem to think that they are not 
in any v/ay responsible for the condition of the papers 
and magazines. Every student who uses the room is 
responsible for the manner in which the different 
papers and periodicals are handled and should make it 
his business to see that they receive proper treatment. 
The different publications seen in the reading room, 
were bought at auction by the students and it is only 
fair to those who purchased the magazines that they 
should receive them in good condition. 

— The date set for the re-opening of our college in 
the fall has always been sometime in the early part of 
September. Many of the professors and students 
have long desired that this be changed to a time one 
or two weeks later in the month. At the present time 
there are very few colleges which commence as early 
as the M. A. C. and there are many which do not 
open until sometime in' October. The students would 
be more willing to remain longer in the summer term 
or have some of the vacations shortened than to have 
to return so early in the fall. We hope that some 
action will be taken in this matter and if a change in 
the college calendar can be brought about, it will be 
well appreciated by the students. 

— The following appeared in a recent issue of the 
Springfield Republcan : " Secretary Wilson of the 
department of agriculture believes that the graduates 
of the agricultural colleges maintained by appropria- 
tions of Congress should have an opportunity to 



become of some practical aid to the government sub- 
sequent to their educational course at its expense. 
For this purpose he believes that the best talent should 
be given an opportunity through the civil-service com- 
mission to take examinations for work in the depart- 
ment of agriculture at Washington, their pay to be 
reasonable and enough to live on, but not large. He 
thinks that several of these graduates might be 
assigned to the department, nev/ appointees taking the 
place of those securing important positions in the 
greater institutions of learning, or in the experimental 
colleges as practical teachers. 

—The K. K. K. (Kollege Kemical Klub) has met 
and reorganized, the following officers being elected : 
Honorary President, Dr. Charles Wellington ; acting 
president. Dr. E. R. Flint ; vice-presidents, E. B. 
Holland, F. W. Mossman; secretary, B. H. Smith; 
treasurer, G. F. Parmenter ; executive committee. 
Dr. J. B. Lindsey, F. J. Smith, B. K. Jones. After 
the election of officers it was voted to change the 
name of the organization from K. K. K. to simply 
Chemical Club. It has not been the custom of the 
club to admit undergraduates as members until after 
the second term of their Junior yer. This restriction 
ihas been abolished and now anyone interested in 
■science may become a member by paying the dues, 
which go toward defraying necessary expenses. 
Meetings will be held about once in two weeks at 
which time papers on various subjects will be read and 
discussed, followed by a general good time. The 
iprogramme for the next meeting is as follows : First, 
Business. Second, A paper upon " Lucrose, and the 
manufacture of sugar." Third, Discussion of the 
jabove subject, during which an attempt will be made 
to rattle the speaker. Fourth, Refreshments and 

— Last week Dr. Goessmann attended the meeting 
of Official Agricultural Chemists held in Washington, 
D. C. A number of propositions bearing on improve- 
ments in official methods of analyses and the adoption 
of new lines of work were presented and discussed. 
During the Doctor's stay in Washington he met a 
number of his former assistants who are prominently 
engaged in experiment station work in different states. 
On his return from Washington he attended a ■' Din- 
ner for the Reunion of Companions who were students 

at the Georg Augusts Universitat zu Gottingen 1855- 
56 with some of earlier and later dates," at the Met- 
ropolitan Club in New York City. The hosts of the 
occasion were J. Pierrepont Morgan, Charles F. 
Chandler and James D. Hague, all of New York. 
During the year 1855-56 Dr. Goessmann was first 
assistant to Dr. F. Wohler in the Royal Laboratories 
and lecturer in Organic and Technical Chemistry in 
the Philosophical Faculty of the University. The year 
55-56 is quite marked by the large number of Ameri- 
can students in attendance at the laboratories of 
Wohler. The gathering in New York brought together 
36 Gottingen American students and was enlivened 
by the reminiscences of Gottingen life and the value 
of the University of Gottingen as an educational insti- 
tution was prominently pointed out by many of the 
parties present. Among the guests were Professor 
Chandler of Columbia, Professor Remsen of Johns 
Hopkins and Professor Harris of Amherst. 

'85.— G. H. Barber, M. D., U. S. N., at sea off 
coast of Cuba. 

'89. — C. S, Crocker spent a few days of the Thanks- 
giving recess in town, 

'90. — C. H. Jones was in town last week, stopping 
while returning to Vermont from the Association of 
Chemists meetings held in Washington. 

'90. — F. J. Smith attended a meeting of the N. E. 
Section of the American Chemical Society, held at 
the Exchange club, Boston on Friday, Nov. 18. 

'91. — C. A. Bowman. Address 98 Walnut St., 
Clinton, Mass. 

'92. — F. G. Stockbridge is taking a graduate course 
at Cornell University. 

'92.— R. P. Lyman. Address 997 Main St., 
Hartford, Conn. 

'92. — E. B. Holland, Asst. Chemist at the Exp. 
Station attended the meetings of the American Asso- 
ciation of Chemists recently held in Washington, D. C. 

'94. — F. G. Averell was at his home in Amherst 
over Thanksgiving. Mr. Averell is with Stone & 
Downer Co., Custom House Brokers, Exchange 
Building, 53 State St., Boston. 



'94. — W. E. Sanderson is with Peter Henderson & 
Co., Seedsmen & Florists of 35 Courtlandt St., New 
York city, as their eastern travelling salesman. 

'94. — J. H. Putnam was recently in town. 

'95. — E. A. White recently spent a few days with 
friends in town. 

'95. — Ballou and Crehore were present at the 
memorial services. 

'95. — M. J. Sullivan has been spending a few days 
at his old home in Amherst. 

'96. — Ninety-six was represented at the memorial 
services by Cook, Jones, Kinney and Kramer. 

'96. — A. M. Kramer has concluded his engagement 
with Leonard Metcalf at Concord, Mass. and is now 
employed as draftsman for the Ludlow Mfg. Co., 
Ludlow, Mass. Home address, 21 Spruce St., Clin- 
ton, Mass. 

'97. — H. J. Armstrong who is employed as civil 
engineer by the Illinois Central railroad is now sta- 
tioned at Belleville, 111. Address care of J. B. Ball, 
Asst. Eng. 1. C. R. R. Station, Belleville, 111. 

'97. — C. I. Goessmann recently visited Washington 
and while there attended the meetings of the Ameri- 
can Association of Chemists. 

'97. — The marriage of Chas. A, Norton to Miss 
Katherine White took place at Amherst, Nov. 23. 

'98. — John P. Nickerson is studying medicine at 
Tufts Medical College. Address 704 Tremont St., 

'98. — Randall D. Warden is about to enter a law 
school. Address for the present at Rocky Point, 
Long Island, N. Y. 

'98. — George H. Wright is instructor at Dr. 
Brown's Institute at Barre, Mass. 

'98. — Samuel W. Wiley is Ass't Chemist at the 
Hatch Experiment Station of Mass. Agl. College. 

'98. — Alexander Montgomery, Jr., is with E. M. 
Wood, Florist, Natick, Mass. 

'00. — A. L. March Ex-'OO was recently at college 
for a few days. 

'00. — H. E. Walker. We learn that the members 
of the 8th Mass. Vol. Reg. of which Mr. Walker is a 
member expect to be sent on to Cuba by the first of 
December. The regiment is now in camp at Amer- 
icus, Ga. 


We are glad to receive again The Intercollegian and 
we trust that it will experience a very successful year. 

"Captain Pat" in The Earlhamite is an interesting 
story and well written. 

The Brunonian again comes to the exchange table. 
It holds a place among our best exchanges and is now 
up to its high standing. It would not be a bad idea if 
other colleges who send out poor weekly sheets would 
concentrate their efforts and follow the example of 
The Brunonian and other college publications by send- 
ing out monthly issues. 

" A Fresh Breeze from New London Hills " is a 
pleasant descriptive little article. 

It is pleasing to note the general improvement of 
the exchanges, especially of some, over what they 
were last year. There is usually a " sprucing up " in 
all lines at the beginning of a college year, but toward 
the end of the year the exchanges take on rather a 
jaded appearance. This ought not to be so. 

The fifth number of The Tech contains an interest- 
ingly written sketch under the head of " The Language 
of Diplomacy." 


Fond Mother — " I want to get something for my 
little boy of eight — something he will remember me 

Floorwalker — " Ah, yes! Here cash 1 Show this 
lady the slipper counter." — Ex. 


In the days of bitterness, just before the last great 
war in America, Wendell Phillips, famous as an ora- 
tor, was a guest for a few weeks at a hotel in Spring- 
field, Massachusetts. 

There was but one topic at the time, and Mr. 
Phillips frequently talked with the other guests con- 
cerning the storm of strife about to break over the 

One of these chance acquaintances, after a violent 
war of words with Mr. Phillips, whose name he did 
not know, remarked : 

" And, by-the-way, I see Wendell Phillips' name 
on the hotel register." 

" Yes," said the other, drily : " I wrote it there." — 
'85 Magazine. — Ex. 



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And at last the doctor tells us 

That we've got to boil the ice. — Ex. 


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The subject of water supply from a sanitary stand- 
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The author considers the disposition of household 
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As a text-book and work of reference the book 
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In this the last issue of the Life for this term we 
wish again to remind the students of the rules govern- 
ing competition for the board. We regret that so 
little interest has been shown and that the competition 
has been so slight. The educational value of the 
work to each man, without mentioning other consider- 
ations, will far more than repay him for the time and 
effort spent. The time will surely come when he will 
realize, if he does not to-day, the great value of 
being able to express his thoughts in writing correctly, 
clearly, and forcibly. This power may usually be 
acquired by diligent practice. Lively competition 
would do much to strengthen and to improve the 
paper now, and it would do more toward fitting for 
their responsible position those upon whom the honor 
and duty of editing the Life will soon devolve. The 
lack of competition not only renders it more difficult 
to preserve the standard of the paper at present, but it 
also seriously handicaps the work of succeeding boards. 
All articles to be counted in this competition must be 

handed or mailed to the editor-in-chief on or before 
December 22. 

Now that the "long winter evenings" are here 
again the usual question arises as to how they may be 
best spent. For the most part, of course, the indus- 
trious student spends his evenings at home surrounded 
by his books, but if this plan is followed too rigidly 
one's studies soon become irksome. " Variety is the 
spice of life " and the cultivation of the social part of 
a fellow's nature is as much within the domain of an 
education as is the development of acute powers of 
observation or a skilled technique. Moreover, though 
one stands well in his class, if he cannot convey his 
ideas in a clear and pleasing manner or adapt himself 
to circumstances to a certain extent, his absolute 
knowledge counts for but little. Receptions and like 
events which furnish so much social life at many insti- 
tutions are few and far between at Aggie and aside 
from the gatherings held by our different fraternities 
sociability in general is neglected. This should not be 
so, and the Life begs leave to make the following 



proposition : Cannot one evening in every two weei^s 
be set aside irom our regular work and devoted 
to making calls upon our professors? A number of 
the faculty who have been consulted in regard to the 
idea assure their hearty cooperation, and it seems to 
us that if such a custom could be inaugurated it would 
do much toward promoting sympathy and fellowship 
between instructor and student. 

There is an old proverb which says that " manners 
make the man." This may not be more strictly true 
than that " fine feathers make fine birds," but that it 
lives shows that it has some truth. In a certain sense 
manners do make the man, as he appears to others in 
his association with them. By good manners we 
mean something deeper than the polish which may be 
acquired from a study of books of etiquette. We are 
too often deceived by these shallow imitations of the 
true gentleman ; but the abundance of the counterfeit 
only indicates the rare value of the genuine. The 
counterfeit may deceive for a season ; but there will 
surely come a time when manners will disclose 
t-he character beneath. The best way to obtain good 
manners is to cultivate a sense of the rights and com- 
forts of others, a constant, delicate respect for the 
human soul. Nothing but the lack of this sense, this 
perception of the right thing to do, has led to the 
writing of so many rules of etiquette. But these rules 
can never replace or equal the command which under- 
lies the best manners, '' Thou shalt love thy neighbor 
as thyself." Perhaps as college men we are inclined 
occasionally to forget these things ; perhaps when 
under the influence of the crowd we may do things 
which with sober thought we would not have done. 
Still we believe that deep down in the heart of every 
man there is a desire to be a gentleman. So may we 
realize that it is better to be masters of ourselves than 
to be winners in athletics ; that it is better to lose a game 
than to lose our reputation for being gentlemen. It is 
said that Arnold of Rugby developed a school in which, 
whether the numbers were small or large, there was 
no room for young men who were not gentlemen. 
Shall not we strive to do the same for Aggie ? 

Get out your tViick furs, 
And oil up your skates. 

For winter's loud knock 
Is lieard at your gates. — Ex. 


For a long time the work of our veterinary depart- 
ment has been seriously curtailed by a lack of suit- 
able accommodations. There has been no opportu- 
nity for experiment and original research, or for a 
practical knowledge of the diseases of our domestic 
animals. It has been necessary to depend entirely 
on books for what can be satisfactorily taught by the 
laboratory alone. The conditions were thus unfav- 
orable to a thorough knowledge of the elementary sub- 
ject, and well-nigh prohibitive of advanced work. 
These conditions, however, are now changed. Thanks 
to the generosity of the last Legislature, the sum of 
$25,000 was appropriated for the erection of adequate 
veterinary buildings. These are fast approaching 
completion, and to-day, the veterinary department has 
at its disposal a handsome laboratory and a hospital 
stable, which will enable it to carry out its mission 
under the best possible circumstances. 

These buildings, which are among the finest we 
have, are conveniently situated about a hundred yards 
south of the Drill Hall, on the same side of the street. 
Occupying as they do a portion which' has always 
seemed rather bare and incomplete without them, 
they add a great deal to the general appearance of the 
college grounds. The laboratory, a two-story brick 
structure of the colonial style, with a French roof and 
brown-stone trimmings, is certainly a handsome build- 
ing. But what is even more important it is singularly 
well-fitted for the purpose for which it is intended, as 
even the most superficial of examinations will show. 
The laboratory, as well as the hospital, faces toward 
the east. As we pass from the broad porch into the 
building, we come to a vestibule opening into each of 
the rooms on the first floor. These are six in 

To the right is the main laboratory, 60x23, extend- 
ing the entire length of the building. The north side 
is chosen in preference to the others for this room, 
because a great deal of microscopic work is to be 
done, and the only satisfactory light for this purpose 
comes from the north. In the middle of this room is 
a long laboratory table which may be used by thirty 
students at a time. Smaller tables are at each win- 
dow, and in the rear store- closets and a balance- 
room. An important feature of this laboratory is the | 
the large thermostat, built of brick, with tightly closing » 



iron doors. This is for the production of tubercuUn- 
mallein, and similar organisms which require a tem- 
perature close to that of the human body. A hooded 
table connects with the chimney flue for the purpose 
of preventing the gases from passing into the room. 
Another point of interest in regard to this room is its 
peculiar construction. Ordinary methods are inappli- 
cable here, for so difficult is it to disinfect wood-work 
thoroughly, that it cannot be used. Instead, the floor 
is of asphalt, laid on iron girders, while the walls are 
entirely of natural brick, covered by nothing except 
a coating of white enamel. This makes an air-tight, 
imperyious surface which can be disinfected with com- 
plete success. 

On the left of the hall-way is the office and private 
laboratory of the professor in charge, a pleasant, and 
commodious room of easy access to all parts of the 
building. Just in back is the open stairway leading 
from the basement to the second story. A lecture- 
room with accommodations for forty students is in the 
rear of the vestibule, and between the two, an elevator, 
which furnishes the means for carrying material from 
the lecture-room to the museum and laboratories on 
the second floor. On the left of the lecture-room, 
though separated from it by a brick partition, is a 
room for small animals, a toilet-room, and a store- 
room. Like the laboratory they are built with asphalt 
floors and brick walls finished with white enamel. 

Two private laboratories are on the second story, 
one over the hall and the other in the northeast cor- 
ner. There is also on this floor a photographing 
room, a dark closet, and a room for the janitor. 
Abundant room is reserved for the museum in the 
rear. This museum^ is already fairly complete, 
especially with regard to the horse, but it is hoped 
that it may be largely increased in the near future, by 
the addition of material pertaining to the diseases of 
our domestic animals. 

The basement contains a storeroom, a work-shop, 
provided with a water-motor for lathes and centri- 
fugal machines, a heater, and a hallway leading to 
the rear door. The heating is done by a hot-water 
heater, with combination heating and ventilating 
apparatus. Fresh air enters the room through a wall 
register about eight feet from the floor, is kept in cir- 
culation by an air-stove, and finally passes on through 

a floor register on one side into the ventilating stack 
in the center of the building. A gas machine pro- 
vides for both lighting and laboratory work. 

Exactly 50 feet to the rear of the laboratory is the 
hospital barn, also of brick with brownstone trimmings. 
The main portion of the building is two stories high, 
and there are two one-story ells extending south and 
west. Artificial stone is used throughout for floors. 
The main building contains an office, fitted up with 
shelves, a sink, and harness cases. In the rear is the 
carriage-room, and to the left the grain-bins, hay-carts, 
and sawdust bins. The remaining space is used for 
horse-stalls. The ell to the rear, reached by stairs 
descending from the main barn, is used as a dissect- 
ing room. Extending to the south for 68 feet is the 
other one-story ell, 28 feet wide, including a passage 
under the projecting roof nine feet wide. West of 
the south end of this ell is an additional extension 28 
feet square. These ells are divided into suitably 
sized sections for horses, cattle, sheep and hogs. 
There are two isolating rooms 8x8 which will be used 
for experimental purposes. Each section is completely 
separated from the others by enamelled brick walls 
which extend from floor to ceiling. The doors of 
each open directly into the passage under the projecting 
roof. All this makes it impossible for disease to spread 
from one room to another. Ample provision is- made 
for drainage, perfect ventilation, and lighting. Steam 
heat is provided for heating and disinfecting purposes 
and for the cooking and sterilization of food. The 
mangers and stable fixtures are of different designs 
in order to give opportunities for comparison ; but 
each is made as tightly fitting as possible, that thorough 
and easy disinfection may be obtained. 

The plans for these buildings were completed about 
the middle of August by architect, E. A. Ellsworth 
of Holyoke, a graduate of our college in 1871 
Work was begun early in September and has gone 
rapidly forward. In this connection, a word of com- 
mendation is due Dr. Paige, the head of the veterinary 
department. Utilizing the knowledge of similar 
buildings which he has studied at home and abroad, 
he has spent much time first in perfecting the plans, 
and then in overseeing the construction. The college 
owes it to him in large measure that these buildings 
are what they have been pronounced to be, " the 



most complete of any in America." 

Under so favorable conditions the usefulness of 
the veterinary department will be greatly broadened 
and enlarged. A wide field is before it. The increas- 
ing demands of college students will be met and pro- 
vided for. Advanced work in bacteriology will be 
begun, and experiments with animal diseases, partic- 
ularly tuberculosis, will be attempted on a larger 
scale than has hitherto been possible. Heretofore, 
too, there has been no place to which diseased mate- 
rial could be sent for examination ; now the sending 
of such material here will be solicited. In short, 
every effort will be made to bring the veterinary 
department of the college into direct contact with the 
farmers and veterinarians of the state. 


Perhaps those who are interested in the happenings 
at M. A. C. will be glad to know that the college is 
undergoing, as it has been aptly termed, "A Renais- 
sance. " This is especially true of our Reading Room. 
As you may well know it is very difficult to keep 
such a place in perfect condition. There is now a 
scheme upon foot by which we believe we are going 
to be able to benefit very materially those who really 
care to read our daily papers and magazines. The 
method is this — we are endeavoring to have the loca- 
tion of the reading room in North Dormitory changed 
to the chapel ; and our principal reasons for such a 
change are these : 

1st. The present location of the reading room is 
too handy. Many go there, not to read but to pass 
away an idle few minutes. Such students may not 
mean to disturb those reading, but it is an indesputable 
fact that they do disturb them. 

2nd. Many students have so little college loyalty 
that they steal the reading matter from the reading 
room ; and not only that, they destroy the reading 
room property. 

3rd. Any man who does not care enough about 
reading to spend a little extra energy and a minute's 
time to go to the chapel does not deserve the privi- 
ledges of a reading room. Moreover, anything which 
is too easily obtained is not held in so high esteem as 
that for which one has to exert himself. 

4th. All our reading matter would be in one room, 
and but a step from the library. Thus any one so 

desiring could do systematic and thoughtful reading. 

5th. The aesthetic nature of the students would 
be advanced because of the better furnishings, pictures 
cleanliness, and so forth. 

6th. The opportunity for the control of the room 
would be far greater than it is now. As it would be 
next to the library room it would be more or less 
under the direct control of the librarians, and therefore 
the room would be quiet. Anyone disobeying the 
rules and regulations of this room, would be disobey- 
ing the wishes of the President and faculty and it is 
unnecessary to state what would be the result of such 

7th. Try as we may to make the present reading 
room better we can only partly succeed. It is next 
to impossible to eradicate an old evil without decided 
and stringent measures being taken ; the primary evil 
in this case in the locality of our reading room. 


Since there is at the present time no collection of ; 
Aggie songs, and since music is such a potent factor ' 
in college life, it has seemed advisable, in fact almost 
necessary, that someone should undertake to collect 
and publish an Aggie Song Sheet. This you realize 
will be a difficult task, and the writer requests the 
earnest co-operation of all who love their Alma 
Mater. Any new song, or words put to popular music 
which may be sent will be very welcome and full 
credit will be given the composer or writer. It is 
hoped that all who possibly can will do something to 
make their song sheet a great success. Alumni, do 
not procrastinate I and remember it is only by your 
ready response that the fullest measure of success can 
come. Do your duty and send whatever you can as 
soon as possible to 

C. A. Crowell, Jr., M. A. C. 

" Many a foe is a friend in disguise. 

Many a sorrow a blessing most true, 
Helping the tieart to be happy and wise 
With love ever precious and joys ever new : 
Stand in the van, 
Strive like a man 
This is the bravest and cleverest plan. 
Trusting in God, while you do what you can, 
Cheerily, cheerily then! cheer up!" — Ex. 




Several days ago there occurred in the history of 
our college, a burning point (?). It came quite sud- 
denly in the form of a few five minute declamations 
v/hich were delivered at a would-be mass meeting 
held in the college chapel. It goes without saying 
that these little speeches received their merited 
applause from the audience. Some of them referred 
to the past history of other colleges. Others likened 
our best boarding-house to a pig-pen (!) ; our reading- 
room to a prize ring, etc., etc. In fact, one could get 
just about as much of an idea as to the purpose for 
which the meeting was held, by reading over the above 
statements, as if he had been present himself. 

Now whenever a mass meeting is held by a body of 
students, or people in general, it is usually for the pur- 
pose of taking some definite action on a definite sub- 
ject ; otherwise the meeting is held to no purpose, and 
a fair-sized zero may be chalked up for the result. 
Again, whenever definite action is decided upon, it is 
usually put in the form of a set of resolves, which are 
printed and distributed among those concerned, and 
posted in conspicuous places about the different rooms. 
A few copies are also preserved in a proper place, so 
as to make the result of the meeting permanent, and 
to hand it down to succeeding classes. 

On the other hand, if some such step is not taken, 
the spirit in which the meeting was held is soon lost, 
and in the course of a year or two, even a few months, 
the same conditions arise again. This is contrary to 
the purpose of a mass meeting, the idea of which is to 
settle permanently the question or questions under 

We had a meeting of students in the college chapel. 
There was plenty of the right spirit manifested but it 
was not guided in the proper channels. Instead of 
wasting so many cubic feet of air to no purpose, would 
it not have been better to have appointed a committee 
of three or five to draw up a set of resolves to be sub- 
mitted to the college body ; acted upon and then pub- 
lished ? It is not too late to attend to this matter now. 
If a copy were to be handed to our President would it 
not help greatly a favorable consideration of our recent 
petition for change of reading room ? 

The purpose of the above article is simply to call 
attention to an apparent oversight, and the writer 
trusts it will be so interpreted. 


The Spanish American War is now a thing of the 
past. The Protocol settled all the difficulties of the 
peace negotiation except the queston concerning the 
Philippine Archipellago. This group contains from 
one thousand to twelve hundred square miles. They 
are scattered over a wide area in the Pacific Ocean 
and China Sea in the heart of the tropics, and during 
stated seasons of the year are subject to hurricanes 
and volcanic disturbances, especially earthquakes. 
The inhabitants present a queer mixture of low 
humanity and are positively incapable of governing 
themselves. The total population is about seven 

Our only advantage to be gained from annexing 
these islands is that of trade, which is more apparent 
than real, judging from the experiences of Great 
Britain. We can probably buy the products 
of these islands as cheaply to-day as will be pos- 
sible after we have paid twenty million dollars for 
the privilege of protecting their interests. When they 
have become our property a large standing army will be 
necessary to retain the islands, owing to the vast terri- _ 
tory to be guarded ; and the support of this army will 
more than over-balance the trade profits. The gov- 
ernment of the Philippines will ever be difficult on 
account of possibility of corruption in office which is 
thus presented. 

It is said that England, by annexation, has done 
much in elevating humanity, and we are as well able 
to do so as England, therefore we should annex the 
Philippines. But is it really to to be supposed that 
we, a nation that has so rigorously excluded the 
Chinese, is suddenly seized with a love for seven 
million Mohammedan Malays and savages who never 
heard of us ? It seems rather improbable. 

The present condition shows that after we have dis- 
posed of Spain we shall be obliged to subdue the 
Philippines. This means renewal of hostilities and 
the death of more American soldiers. Whether we 
shall annex the Philippines or not will soon be settled. 
The outcome of annexation, time alone can tell. 

T. C. 

Teacher — " What is your name ?" 
Bright (?) Freshie — " Feathers, but Pa calls me 
down.' " — Ex. 




It was one rainy evening that I first came to know 
my bibliopolist. I had been detained at the office 
rather later than usual and as 1 was in no mood to 
return to my lonely bachelor apartments, I took a 
light lunch down town at a nice little German restau- 
rant I know of and which I shall not describe to you, 
as half its charm lies in the few customers who patro- 
nize it, and then, in spite of the rain that was coming 
down in torrents, 1 wandered about the city, 

The Strand was teeming with people hurrying home 
after a hard day's work and I turned into Pater Noster 
Row to escape the busy throng. Pater Noster Row 
is hardly larger than a good-sized bridle path and its 
stores cannot boast the luxury of a sidewalk, yet this 
meagre alley-way is filled with treasures culled from 
the libraries of the world. 

I had so often visited its stores that I passed them 
by and went on my way toward Charring Cross. The 
inclemency of the weather and a certain restlessness 
of spirit occupied my attention so fully that 1 was not 
conscious of my location until I found myself beside 
the National Academy. The rain had now ceased 
somewhat and so 1 resolved to keep on in the general 
direction that my fancy had taken. 

When 1 reached the old Shaftesbury Theatre the 
down pour had reccommenced with increased vigor 
and, as it was nearly impossible to face the increasing 
wind, I stepped into a doorway to await the passing of 
the storm. 

There were few people about at this time and the 
lights along the street cast a fitful glare upon the 
pavements, silhouetting the solitary cab that had its 
station near the threatre. A sudden change in direc- 
tion of the wind caused me to turn my head and 1 saw 
that I had inadvertantly stepped into the doorway of a 
second-hand book dealer whose existence 1 had not 

I had flattered myself that there was not a book- 
seller in all London whom 1 did not know and it quite 
astonished me to find one in so central a location. 
My library, which is somewhat numerous, had been 
gathered from just such places as the one in which I 
now found myself and many were the treasures that 1 
had picked up from the hidden shelves of some musty 
old second-hand store. • 

It was, therefore, with a feeling akin to real pleas- 

ure that 1 entered the room and saluted the clerk who 
happened to be sitting behind the counter. The ter- 
rible condition of the weather was a sufficient excuse 
for my presence had there been no other, but the 
warmth of the room and the piles of old books that 
lay scattered about upon the floor had awakened my 
love for such treasures and it was not many moments 
before the clerk found that he had a customer as 
thoroughly en rapport with his wares as he, himself, 

It was in this manner that I came to know my bib- 
liopolist, although it was some time before we met 
personally. 1 learned first of all to love this mythi- 
cal personage through the books that lined the dusty 
shelves and my estimate of the man was that of one 
who was thoroughly versed in book lore, and whose 
taste was irreproachable. 

*.A£. ^ .U, ^ 


I used to visit the store daily for months and take 
delight in sitting in a corner, poring over some rare 
edition that had escaped the ravishing hand of the 
book-buyer. The clerk had become so used to me 
that he hardly noted my presence and rather consid- 
ered me as one of the appurtenances of the place. 

My advent was hardly recognized even by a nod of 
welcome, nor was my leave-taking anymore profusive 
in demonstrations of regret at my withdrawal. 

Day after day of close communion with this little 
stock of books gradually enlarged my knowledge of its 
contents until finally I felt that 1 knew each book 
upon the shelves as I knew my own life, and the with- 
drawal of a book for a sale or a loan was to me much 
as the loss of a dear friend. 

1 had been visiting the store for the better part of 
eight or ten months when I discovered a very singular 
fact. Although the stock was large and varied and 
sales were frequent, there never was a new book 
added to the shelves. No new consignment of sec- 
ond-hand literature had ever entered the door, at least 
since I had been there. 

The number of volumes had been so large and my 
interest so absorbed in those I had picked up, that it 
was some time before I perceived the diminution of 
the library. I questioned the clerk about the fact and 
he was bound to acknowledge that my inferences were 
true. He had never added a new book to the shelves 
as he had been expressly ordered not to, by his master 



I asked him who the owner was and why he never 
was in the store when I happened in. His reply 
astonished me greatly for he said that he did not 
know who owned the books. It seems that he was 
hired by an agent to sell the books at the best price 
that he could get and was under no circumstances to 
renew the stock. 

This seemed to me to be the idiosyncrasy of some 
peculiar individual who, perhaps, had been obliged to 
part with library for financial reasons but who did not 
wish to have the fact published. With this thought I 
dismissed the affair from my mind and resolved to 
enjoy the benefits of the place while they lasted. 

I soon learned that I was not the only frequenter of 
this literary treasure house and that there were others 
beside myself who delighted in spending a quiet hour 
in its nooks and crannies. Old white-haired men, 
shabbily attired, burly be-whiskered socialists in search 
of some lost volume on economic law, this cadaverous 
law clerk seeking a cheap library, shared my solitude 
and I came at last to look upon them as boon com- 
panions, although I do not believe that I ever exchanged 
a word with one of them. 

Gradually, however, my ghost companions thinned 
out in numbers as did the volumes upon the shelves, 
and I was left alone with the wreck of my treasures 
excepting for a tall gaunt female whose face I had 
never seen. 

This lady, for I judged she must be one from her 
manner, hovered about in a sort of aimless fancy, 
flitting from book to book as if in search of something. 
All this I was conscious of from my dim corner 
although I had never paid her movements the slight- 
est attention. 

I had gradually gathered about me such books as 1 
found to my intesest until I had quite stocked my re- 
treat to my own liking and, strange as it seems to me 
now, I never noticed at the time that my books were 
never missing. Customers had come and gone, bar- 
gains had been picked up, but still my books were 
undisturbed, I am afraid I came to look upon spec- 
ial corner as if it had become my own property and I 
know that, if the clerk had attempted to sell any of 
the volumes, I should have resented the act as a piece 
of vandalism. 

# * # * # 

One day when I mentioned this fact to the clerk he 
smiled and assured me that my stock would never be 
disturbed. When pressed for an explanation of his 
assertion he calmly replied that he had received 
orders from the agent that I or my books were to be 
left severely alone. 

" But, my dear fellow," I said, " surely your agent 
has made some mistake. Why should he do this 
favor for me ? " 

" Of that I am ignorant." the young man said. " I 
receive my orders; my duty is to obey them." 

When I got to my room that night and had lighted 
my pipe, I pondered over the whole affair until my 
brain swam with fantastic imagery. I could not solve 
the problem. Why should I, a total stranger, be 
allowed to interfere with this trade ? Why should I, 
a chance visitor, a poor bird of passage, be accorded 
such condescension ? I could not satisfy myself as to 
its reality. The only loop hole 1 could imagine for 
the peculiar owner was that he had determined that I 
desire d the books I had collected, the choicest in his 
collection, and that later I should receive a bill of 
trade. This rather annoyed me as my purse was very 
meagre and' the volumes were of value far greater 
than any I could afford. This idea became so fixed 
upon my mind that I finally determined to keep away 
from the store for some time and let matters take 

their course. 


It was, perhaps, three months before I again ven- 
tured in the direction of Shaftesbury and I was sur- 
prised to find the same old book-store and the same 
clerk where 1 had left them on my last visit. I im- 
agined that the whole stock had been sold but in this 
1 was wrong. 

Every volume had disappeared but the few I had 
treasured up. No customers now came to the store 
except the lady whom I had noted and she only to 
look over my gathering, without, as she said, any 
intention of buying. 

This state of affairs struck me as being very pecu- 
liar and 1 did not like its looks. I closely questioned 
the clerk but he could not enlighten me upon any of 
the subjects that troubled my head and I was finally 
obliged to go home with my curiosity unsatisfied. 

When 1 entered my rooms, I found a nicely 
1 wrapped parcel lying upon my centre table, neatly ad- 


AGGIE Lli-'iL. 

dressed to me in a man's handwriting. It is needless 
to say that I hastened to open it and to break the seal 
of an enclosed letter. You may the better judge of 
my astonishment when you have perused the contents 
of that strange epistle which I copy down here just as 
I read it on that night. 
" My dear Sir : 

I am directed to inform you by 
the owner of the library that has lately been for sale in 
Shaftesbury ^ Avenue, that the store will shortly be 
closed owing to a scarcity of stock and that the books 
in the alcove designated for your use will be shipped 
you at your orders. The owner also desires me to 
send you the enclosed copy of the original letters of 
Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett which you 
were kind enough to desire in the presence of the 
aforesaid owner. The copy is a little the worse for 
wear, but, you may believe me sir, that if you knew 
as well as I do in whose hands this wearing was 
incurred you would deem it an honor, rather than a 

Believe me sir, 1 am 
Your humble servant, 

John S ■ — n." 

I gazed at the signature and then re-read the letter. 
Again I read it, but it all seemed inexplicable to me. 
I took up the volume and it looked strangely familiar, 
like some old friend who had turned up after years of 
absence. I opened the fly leaf and read this verse 
inscribed upon it : 

" A book of verses underneatti the bough, 
A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and — Thou 
Beside me, — singing in the wilderness. 
Oh, wilderness were Paradise enou." 
And as 1 gazed at it, the words took on a new and 
deeper meaning ; a poet's sadness seemed to pervade 
them and the letters became blurred and indistinct. 
And then, I don't know how it happened, 1 suddenly 
recognized my own boyish handwriting and the past 
flashed through my mind. 


Jack, a college man, though not an M. A. C. man, 
made up his mind to run down to Boston and spend a 
Sunday at home. 

Accordingly he boarded an afternoon train and was 
soon speeding homeward when he glanced at his new 

gold watch to see what time it was getting to be. 

There happened to be a child of one and one-half 
or two years in ttie seat in front of him with its 
mother, who seeing the bright watch seemed to wish 
to obtain possession of it at once. 

With outstretched arms over the back of the seat 
the child cried, " me wants it," " me wants it." 

Jack did not at first comply with the childs wishes 
who at once began to cry at the top of its voice. 

Rather than hear such a continuous racket, as the 
mother's efforts seemed to be of no avail in soothing 
the child. Jack relenting unsnaped his watch from his 
chain saying, " O, did baby want to hear the watch 
tick ?" but before he got the watch half way to baby's 
ear it was snatched from his hand by the wrathful 
youngster, who, stopping his howling dashed it to the 
floor in a spiteful manner. 

With a suppressed oath Jack jumped from his seat, 
and picking up the watch found that nothing was 
broken except the crystal. 

He could have stood this had not the child's mother 
jumped on him saying that he " should have known 
better than to let a playful little baby take his watch 
who did't know the difference between a watch and 
a rubber ball." 

The kid now began bawling anew while Jack grabbed 
his bag and started for the smoker, cursing pickaninies 
of all descriptions as he did so. 

He was scarcely seated when an old farmer in the 
opposite seat accosted him with "How air ye?" 
Jack replied that he was pretty well but the old 
farmer continued the conversation by asking " Where'd 
ye hail from anyway ?" "I should hope not from the 
same place you did," replied Jack rather shortly. 

" No I guess yer didn't as we don't have sich high- 
headed looking fellers as you up to Pine Holler. 
What's that pin you've got there ? 0, a college pin 
is it ? What's that big D stand for ? Dunces ? Wall 
thet's about what all the college fellers are that I ever 

About this time the conductor called " Next station 
Cordaville." which reminded Jack that he had agreat 
uncle living there who had often invited him to come 
and visit him and now, thinks Jack, I'll improve my 
opportunity by spending Sunday with him. 

So Jack alighted at this station and to his dismay 
found that his uncle lived two miles out and that there 



was not a hack there. 

He was told that he could reach his destination by 
going across lots at a distance of only about a mile 
and this he determined to do. 

Jack's uncle was an old farmer and stock-breeder. 
As Jack neared his premises he came upon a flock 
of dorset-horned sheep quietly feeding. 

Suddenly the largest one looked up and seeing Jack 
in the distance, rapidly going by, started after him at 
a dead run. 

Jack saw him coming, but thought it was one of the 
tame ones which he had heard his uncle tell about 
and thinking that he had no time to stop to caress the 
sheep passed on with rapid strides. 

An instant later he heard a rush from behind but 
before he had time to look around he was struck in 
his hinder-most parts in such a manner as to throw 
him on his face a rod ahead. 

He scrambled to get up, but by the time he got 
onto his knees and was scratching the dirt from his 
eyes, he was struck again even more terrifically than 
before ! 

So sudden and unexpected was the attack that Jack 
fainted away and when he came out of his swoon saw 
the sheep going back to the others with a satisfied air. 

Jack then picked up the remains of his Knox hat 
and crawled to his uncle's where he recovered from 
his injuries in the course of three weeks and returned 
to college a "sadder but wiser man." 


Here lads is a toast to King Football, 
The king and monarch so grand. 

And here's to his subjects so valiant. 
Who govern the v/orld Vv^ith their hand. 

Ye tell me, ye faint-hearted wizards, 
Whose heads are bursting v/ith lore 
Of fistcuffs, of anger, of carnage. 
And gridirons brimming with gore. 

Ye tell me of words that are wielded, 

Of actions abhorrent to you. 
And the Art of your grave accusations, 

Is the lowering of manhood so true. 

But tell me, ye wizards ye cannot. 
Of a hand so worthy, so strong, 

That can vie with the followers of football 
In opposing the right to the wrong. 

So here's to the health of King Football, 

May he ever be mighty and grand. 
May his followers ever be ready, 
To assert the true strength of his hand. 


^olle^<r Notfs. 

— Examinations ! 

— There will be special music at the chapel next 

— Thaddeus Graves spent Sunday at his home in 

— The winter term will commence Wednesday, 
Jan. 4, at 8-00 a. m. 

— The Junior Promenade at Amherst College will 
be held Friday, Feb. 10. 

— Prof. C. S. Walker entertained friends from 
Worcester at his residence last week. 

— Prof. S. T. Maynard entertained a party of 
friends on Tuesday evening of last week. 

— S. E. Smith of the senior class entertained his 
father during a visit to Amherst last week. 

— J. E. Nelson has been chosen captain and C. L. 
Rice manager of next year's football eleven. 

— The meeting and banquet of the Boston Alumni 
association will be held in a short time in Boston. 

— Mrs. R. S. Lull and Miss Sargent have gone to 
New York city where they will remain for a time. 

— Dr. J. B. Lindsay and Prof. F. S. Cooley ad- 
dressed a creamery institute held in Enfield Dec. 2. 

— Professor Levi Stockbridge and wife have left 
town for Florida where they will remain for the winter. 

— H. M. Thomson of the Hatch Experiment Sta- 
tion has been elected steward of the Amherst Grange. 

— President Goodell will deliver an address before 
the State Grange at the annual session held in Wor- 
cester this week. 

— The next lecture in the Union Lecture Course, 
given by Prof. Hibbard and local talent, will be held 
sometime in February. 

— Many of the students were unavoidably prevented 
from returning on time after the Thanksgiving recess 
on account of the severe storm. 

— President Goodell delivered an address at an 
institute recently held by the Deerfield Valley Agri- 
cultural Society at Charlemont. 

— The Horticultural department made a fine exhi- 
bition at the Town Hall last week during the meeting 
of the State Board of Agriculture. 



W. E. Hinds '99 recently received a visit from 

his father who came to Amherst to attend the meet- 
ing of the State Board of Agriculture. 

— Special cars were run at times last week for the 
convenience of members of the State Board of Agri- 
culture who wished to visit the college. 

Dr. and Mrs. C. S. Walker are attending the 

annual meeting of the State Grange held in Worcester 
this week. Mrs. Walker will read a poem. 

The roof of the chapel is being re -slated in places 

where the slates were torn from the roof during the 
storm which did so much damage elsewhere. 

An incandescent light has been placed on the 

south corner of the chapel. This is a great improve- 
ment and lights up the entrance to the chapel. 

The freshman class sweaters have arrived and 

are proudly exhibited by every '02 man. The sweaters 
are woven alternately with red and black and present 
a neat appearance. 

J. L. Lovell has been selected as the photog- 
rapher for the senior class. Any others who wish the 
same rates as obtained by the members of the class 
should apply to D. A. Beaman, chairman of the 

When a reception is held in the chapel the hymn 

books are always removed to an adjoining room. We 
would suggest after such an event is held, that the 
hymn books be returned to their proper place in time 
for use the next morning. 

The meetings held by the State Board- of Agri- 
culture last week were very interesting and especially 
instructive to members of the college. Dr. W. H. 
Jordan, Dr. G. Stanley Hall and J. H. Hale in their 
lectures brought out many points which are of direct 
practical use to the student. 

Although the season is not very far advanced, yet, 

considerable interest has already been shown in polo. 
We believe there is much talent in the lower classes 
which only requires bringing out. One thing which 
may be detrimental is the condition of the pond for 
practice. There are many other places where it is 
possible to practice, which may be reached in a few 
minutes and if the condition of the pond is not 
improved it would be well to avail ourselves of the 
opportunity to practice in other places. 

— Those students who desired to attend the meet- 
ings held last week by the State Board of Agriculture 
were excused from the college exercises which con- 
flicted with the time set for the meetings. Many of 
the students attended the different lectures, and all 
feel well repaid for their trouble. 

— A mass meeting was held immediately after 
chapel Monday morning for the election of officers for 
the polo association. H. E. Maynard '99 was chosen 
captain and F. H. Turner '99 manager. It was also 
decided to organize a basketball team and for this W. 
R. Growell '00 was elected captain and M. F. Ahearn 
'01 manager. 

— The thirteenth annual banquet of the Massachu- 
setts Agricultural College Glub of New York will be 
held at the St, Denis Hotel, Friday evening, Dec. 23, 
at half past six o'clock. The subject for discussion 
will be : " Is it expedient to change the name of the 
college ?" President Goodell will present a memorial 
of Capt. Walter M. Dickinson. 

— On Wednesday morning of last week a large 
number of the State Board of Agriculture visited the 
different departments of the college. A number of 
students from each class were assigned to act as 
guides to show these visitors through the different 
departments. The guides were dressed in uniform and . 
were stationed in the reading-room of the chapel. 

— The football goal posts should be taken down, in i 
fact, they ought to have been directly after the last t 
game. Standing through the winter will not do them i 
any good and one is already nearly blown down. It is i 
the football manager's business to attend to this but he : 
cannot do it alone, so don't be afraid to help him, it 
is, as much your duty to lend a hand as his to get the 
posts down. 

— Turn the lights on in the morning ! Why can 
not this be done ? Many of the fellows are obliged to 
rise early in order to get to their work, and have to do 
so by a kerosene light, or by none at all. Others find 
it necessary to rise early in order to get their lessons, 
and they are in the same predicament. If we could 
only have the lights on at five o'clock, or shortly be- 
fore, it would be a great convenience to all. 

— Considerable injury was done to the south dormi- 
tory by the fierce storm which struck the town last 
week. Many of the slates were blown from the roof 



and large blocks of stone and nunnbers of bricks 
were torn from the south side of the tower. The 
building has been temporally repaired. Some damage 
also was done to the chapel, the large colored glass 
window on the south side being shattered by the force 
of the gale. 

— G. R. Bridgeforth '01 was the victim of a serious 
accident a short time ago. While working in a field 
near the Hatch barn, a charge of dynamite with which 
he was blasting suddenly went off in his face. He 
was immediately taken to the Pratt hospital, in the 
town, and was examined by Dr. Branch. It was 
found that five teeth were missing and that both his 
eyes were seriously injured besides being cut in many 
places on the face. Mr. Bridgeforth has had the best 
of treatment and we are pleased to say that he is 
improving rapidly and will ultimately recover the use 
of his eyes. 

— The stone chapel was the scene of a pleasant 
gathering last Wednesday evening. The occasion 
was the reception tendered the State Board of Agri- 
culture by the students. The room was prettily and 
tastily decorated with potted plants, grasses and hem- 
lock, and presented quite a cozy appearance. It was 
a very informal reception, the students and guests 
intermingling and becoming mutually acquainted. 
The evening was enlivened by college songs, sung by 
a number of the students. It was much regretted 
that on account of several of its members being out of 
town, the banjo club was unable to play. Frank Wood 
of Amherst catered. 

— The question of more electric lights about the 
college grounds has been spoken of before but its 
importance will pardon a repetition of some points. 
One place where a light is needed much more than any 
where else is at the junction of the North Amherst road 
and the road by the north side of the residence of Mr. 
Haskins. It is here that the cars stop when any spec- 
ial function is held at the college and here most of the 
strangers stop when visiting the institution. There is 
an arc-light at the house of Mr. Gilbert, a very short 
distance away, and it seems favorable that wires could 
be continued from there to the corner without much 
expense. Although the students do not wish to ask 
anything unreasonable they hope that it can be ar- 
ranged to place a light at this spot where it seems 
very necessary. 

— The drill hall has been in such condition this 
term that it is only right to say something concerning 
it. Although it has not been used by the military 
department, it has been used as a gymnasium by the 
students and the amount of dirt and rubbish which has 
accumulated there is disgusting. We inquire if there 
is a janitor to the building ? If not we suggest that 
some one be immediately appointed to take charge 
of the building and see to it that the hall is at least 
kept decently clean. This is a question which direct- 
ly affects the students and all desire to see some 
action taken in the matter. 

— Since Thanksgiving, basket-ball has been the 
prevailing amusement of the college. Almost every 
evening the fellows congregate in the drill-hall and an 
exciting game follows. The freshman class, this year 
as last, first started the movement by purchasing the 
ball. They already have a very good team selected, 
and expect some close games with the other classes. 
The sophomores have elected their captain and it will 
not be long before they will be ready to meet the 
freshman team. We certainly must have some class 
games next term, for they not only help to enliven the 
winter evenings but make good sport for both the 
players and those interested. 

— A week ago last Saturday morning a mass meet- 
ing of the college was called by the vice-president of 
the senior class. Its object was to talk over the 
unpleasant happenings which have occurred for some 
time past, and to try to promote a better spirit and 
manliness among the students. One theme of the talks, 
given by some of the students and by members of the 
faculty, was the behavior of the men in the reading- 
room and other public places. Prof. Lull said that 
instead of spending our energies in boisterous amuse- 
ments about the college we had better put them into 
athletics and hold indoor meets — a plan which was 
carried out several years ago with great success. We 
are heartily in favor of this movement and hope to 
see it materialize next term. Several other members 
of the faculty gave impressive talks, and the men went 
to their recitations with new ideas and resolutions. 
Here's to our new era. 

Let us respect the busy bee — once full he starts 
straight for home, — E}(. 





The following is a partial list of the alumni who 
were present at the meetings of the State Board of 
Agriculture held in Amherst Dec. 6, 7 and 8, 1898. 
G. P. Smith 79, H. J. Fowler '94, 

E. F. Richardson '87, A. H. Kirkland '94, 

F. J. Smith '90, R. A. Cooley '95, 

H. D. Haskins '90, H. D. Hemenway '95, 

F. O. Williams '90, G. A. Drew '97, 

G. A. Magiir91, G. I. Goessmann '97, 
H. N. Legate '91, S. W. Wiley '98, 

G. G. Glark '98. 

'81. — J. L. Hills. On the morning of Dec. 8 the 
State Board of Agriculture was addressed by Dr. J. 
Hills on the subject, " How can New England com- 
pete with the West in dairying. '' In opening his 
address Mr. Hills spoke of the pleasure in being able 
to address the Board at Amherst the home of his old 
" Alma Mater. " The address was handled in an 
interesting, practical way and showed the result of 
years of experience, emphasizing particularly the 
necessity of up-to-date methods. During the discussion 
points of interest were brought out that had come up 
at a meeting of the Maine State Board at Portland 
which the speaker addressed the morning before. 
Mr. Hills is Dean of the Agricultural department of 
the University of Vermont as well as director of the 
Vermont Agricultural Experiment station. 

'85. — C. S. Phelps. On the afternoon of Dec. 8 
a large audience listened to Mr. C. S. Phelps who 
was scheduled to address the State Board of Agricul- 
ture on the topic, " Grasses and Forage Crops." 
The grasses of economic importance and their rela- 
tions of the different classes of soil was given an inter- 
esting discussion, then passing to the forage crops 
many points of value were brought out : the discussion 
was illustrated by means of samples and charts. Mr. 
Phelps holds the position of Professor of Agriculture 
at Storrs Agricultural college and vice-director of the 
Storrs Experimental station. 

'94. — H. J, Fowler's address for the present is 
North Hadley, Mass. 

'95. — H. W. Lewis. We are pleased to receive 
a letter from Mr. Lewis correcting a mistake made 
in a former issue of the " Life. " Mr. Lewis is a 

member of Battery " M, " of the 2nd U. S. Artillery, 
made corporal Nov. 8th 1898. The battery which 
has been stationed at Winthrop, Mass., during the 
summer, moved Nov. 23, to Savannah, Ga., where 
they have since been joined by the rest of the regiment 
expecting to leave for Cuba by January 1st, 1899. 
Address Corp. Henry W.Lewis. Batt'y " M " 2nd 
Art'y. 7th A. C. Savannah, Ga. Permanent address, 
Rockland, Mass. 


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The military aspect of our annual ball has in the 
past been one of its attractive features, and though it 
seems impracticable to conduct this year's ball upon 
exactly the same basis, let us remember that we 
possess many advantages which tend toward making 
the affair a success. We have one of the best floors 
in the vicinity and with the Plant House so near at 
hand, a most convenient source of elaborate decora- 
tion. A committee has been elected from the two 
upper classes that is already at work upon the neces- 
sary arrangements. Let us give them our whole- 
hearted support, doing all within our power toward 
making the occasion one which shall be recalled with 
pleasant memories. 

It has been the experience of many of our athletic 
managers in the past that one of the most difficult 
undertakings in connection with their work has been to 
collect the money after it has been subscribed. This 
is a deplorable state of affairs. Every dollar sub- 

scribed and left unpaid is a stumbling-block in the way 
of the manager. He has made his schedule and con- 
tracted expenses on the basis of the subscription and 
so is left in a bad position when any man fails to pay 
what he has, before the whole college, agreed to pay. 
If you can't afford to subscribe five dollars for the 
support of the football team, don't do it. But if you 
do make that subscription meet your obligation like a 
man. It will help the team far more to subscribe and 
pay two dollars than to subscribe ten dollars and then 
not pay a cent. 

There is one respect in which we think the conduct 
of our various athletic teams, and other organizations 
as well, may be improved. The managers of these 
organizations are the representatives and agents of the 
student body. They are intrusted with the finances 
subscribed by the students, or to speak more exactly, 
with that part of such subscriptions which is paid. 
Every manager should expect, and hold it as his priv- 
ilege, to make a full report of his stewardship. This 
is due to the manager that he may show to the stu- 



dents that he has discharged his duties faithfully. It 
is also due to the students that they may know what 
use has been made of their money. Such reports 
have been published in a few instances. Will it not 
be better to make it the rule with all our college 
organizations ? The Life stands ready to help by 
printing all such reports. 

On Dec. 28, occurred the death of Senator Justin 
S. Morrill of Vermont, the " father of the agricultural 
colleges," after a life of nearly eighty-nine years, 
forty-four of which had been spent in the national ser- 
vice. He first came into prominence as the author 
of the Morrill tariff act of 1861, the basis of all tariff 
legislation during the civil war, and he continued to 
take a deep interest in financial and commercial 
questions until his death. In 1862. he secured the 
passage of the Morrill Land-Grant Bill, establishing 
the state agricultural and mechanical colleges, and 
throughout his career he ably supported their cause. 
He was a stanch believer in scientific education for 
the masses. His most important and lasting work 
was done in connection with them, and it is chiefly for 
this that he will be remembered. In recognition of 
his services several state universities will hold memo- 
rial exercises in his honor sometime this month. 

Near the close of last term a mass meeting was 
held in the chapel one morning to discuss particularly 
a few matters connected with the conduct of the 
reading room in North College. At that time a 
strong, manly spirit was aroused among the students, 
which found expression from the lips of many in the 
form of a determination to see that certain abuses 
were corrected in the future. But alas for the weak- 
ness of human resolutions ! We fear that it will not 
be long before the former conditions will again prevail 
unless some stand is taken to check the first tenden- 
cies toward retrogression. Are our memories so 
short that we have already forgotten the resolutions 
made but a few short weeks ago? It certainly seems 
so when we see upperclassmen to whom we listened 
at the mass meeting, coming into the reading room 
and forgetting to remove their cigars or pipes from 
their lips. Such conduct is too often taken by lower- 
classmen as a criterion for their own acts, and the 
result is that the upper classman forfeits the respect 

which he should command. We believe that every 
fellow in college has sufficient regard for his own 
rights to respect those of others. There are many 
men who do not use tobacco and who have a strong 
aversion to inhaling the fumes from their neighbor's 
pipe. Without arguing the right or wrong of the 
matter it seems to us that our regard for our college- 
mates should lead us to see that this annoyance is 
stopped at once. 


When the sad news is brought to a people that a 
great and noble man has fulfilled his mission in this 
world, and that his soul has passed into the vast un- 
known, that people as a unit instinctively bow in rev- 
erence. And so, when on the twenty^eighth of 
December, eighteen hundred ninety-eight, news was 
wired over the country from Washington that the ven- 
erable Senator, Justin Smith Morrill, was dead, we as 
a people felt keenly our loss ; and it is especially 
appropriate that in these columns we review briefly 
the life of him by whose untiring efforts the existence 
of our college and forty-six others was made possible. 

Justin Morrill, a son of Nathaniel Morrill, and 
grandson of Smith Morrill, one of the pioneers of his 
native town, wasborn inStrafford, Vt., April 14, 1810. 
He received in his youth a meager education at the 
district school and then went to work in a country 
store. Here he managed to save a little money, — 
enough to allow him the means to become himself 
proprietor of a small store. Later he was owner of 
many large country stores. 

Up to the age of forty-four he had held no public 
office higher than justice of peace. He suddenly 
came into prominence. The late Andrew Tracy, of 
Woodstock in 1854, after having been representative 
of the second congressional district in Congress but one 
term, refused to serve another term, so a few of the 
far-sighted friends of Justin S. Morrill suggested him 
as the man to succeed. In consequence he was 
elected by the Whig party, but as the party was in a 
state of dissolution he appeared at Washington as the 
champion of the new Republican party, in whose 
organization in Vermont he had taken a leading part. 

His career as representative was most exemplary. 
In 1857 he spoke in opposition to the tariff bill, and his 
speech was read throughout the country. He carried 

AGGIE Lii-'E. 


through the house the first bill against Mormon poly- 
gamy ; and it was he who introduced the bill to grant 
public lands for the establishment and support of agri- 
cultural, scientific and industrial colleges. He was re- 
elected to serve his district five times by majorities 
varying from 7,000 to 9,000. While he was in the 
house no man had greater influence excepting Thaddeus 
Stevens. As a reminder of his hard labor and keen 
insight he has left the " Morrill Tariff" of 1861, " a 
monument of industry and practical wisdom ; " and 
the internal revenue tax of 1862. 

From the house after twelve years of honorable 
labor, Mr. Morrill was transferred to the senate in 
1866. Here he served his country with that same 
business integrity that had characterized his former 
years, and he was honored with the most influential 
position in the senate — chairman of the committee 
on finance — and his opinion on any financial question 
by reason of his position carried great weight in 

Mr. Morrill looked back on forty-three years of 
Congressional life, and a career that has been abso- 
lutely spotless. 

The Washington Star (D. C.) says of him : 

'■ Senator Morrill has departed at a great age, but 
still while serving his state and the country with zeal 
and great ability. There has not been in our affairs 
a more impressive instance of a veteran dying in har- 
ness. He had long since earned repose. He had 
everything to induce him to seek repose — a comforta- 
ble estate, honors gathered from long years of public 
service, and hosts of friends. But he remained in 
commission, and, to the last, set an example of indus- 
try and fidelity to duty which fitly crowns, as nothing 
else could, a notable life's work. 

C. A. C. 


Col. Asa Williams Dickinson, one of the leading 
.citizens of Hackensack, N. J., whose death occurred 
at Easton, Pa. Sunday morning, was a native of this 
town, where he was born Oct. 24, 1853. He was 
educated at Williston seminary and the Mass. Agri- 
cultural college, and for a time followed the profes- 
sion of journalism in New York and Jersey City, being 
connected with the New York Times, the Jersey City 
Evening Journal, and during one winter with the Asso- 

ciated Press Agency at Washington. He studied law 
with Mr. Gilchrist, of Jersey City, was admitted to the 
New Jersey bar in 1879, and commenced practice in 
that place, where he built up a large and lucrative 
business. His firm, Dickinson, Thompson & Mc- 
Master, has been prominently connected with much 
of the important litigation in Jersey City during the 
last ten or fifteen years. Col. Dickinson \vas coUec 
tor of the port of Jersey City during the administra- 
tion of Presidents Arthur and Cleveland and was a 
member of the staff of Gov. Wertz of New Jersey. 
He was very prominent in the political affairs of Hud- 
son and Bergen counties and enjoyed the special con- 
fidence of William Walter Phelps, with whom he was 
on terms of close intimacy during the lifetime of the 
latter.. His father. Captain Marquis F. Dickinson, of 
Amherst, and his mother, Hannah Williams Dickin- 
son, both survive him at an advanced age. His 
younger brother. Captain Walter M. Dickinson, of the ■ 
17th U. S. Infantry, was killed at Santiago last sum- 
mer. His only surviving brother is M. F. Dickinson, 
Jr., of Boston. Col. Dickinson was named for his 
maternal grandfather, Asa Williams, of Shutesbury, 
who was a Revolutionary soldier. In their boyhood 
Col. Dickinson and his brother WalJter were playmates 
and intimate friends of the late Eugene Field, who 
then lived in Amherst. Mr. Field, in his writings, 
made frequent reference to the ■' Dickinson boys " 
and the events connected with his boyhood in the col- 
lege town. 

Col. Dickinson took a deep interest in the Agricul- 
tural college and was always present at the alumni 
meeting held in New York. He had been president 
of the association there, and in June, 1897, on the 
25th anniversary of President Goodell's connection 
with the College he was selected to present the lov- 
ing cup which had been procured by the alumni for 
the occasion ; and it was just as he was about to enter 
the College chapel at Amherst for the purpose of de- 
livering this address that he was stricken with the 
shock which has finally resulted in his death. Since 
that time he had been able to attend to very little 
business, and last spring he went to Europe with Mrs. 
Dickinson in the hope of regaining his health. He 
was much improved until the news of his brother's 
death at Santiago reached him, shortly after which he 
had another severe shock, and from that time the 



progress of his disease was rapid. Col. Dickinson 
was a man of remarkably genial disposition, a great 
story-teller and a universal favorite among the many 
friends whom he had both in Massachusetts and New 
Jersey, as well as in New York, and his death will be 
deeply regretted by many who have enjoyed the pleas- 
ure of his acquaintance, and learned to prize his noble 
qualities of head and heart. The funeral takes place 
at Easton this afternoon and the burial will be in that 
place. His wife, Annie, daughter of the late Jacob 
Hay, a leading merchant of Easton, survives him. 
Their only child died some years ago. — Amherst 


In writing this article 1 am aware that some may 
differ from me ; that others who have a much greater 
searchlight of knowledge and of research into litera- 
ture and its mechanism to throw upon the subject, will 
hold a different opinion of what I shall consider than 
that which 1 have offered for the reader's consideration 

All who heard Mr. Conwell's lecture on " Heroism 
in Daily Life " must have been impressed, not only 
by its entertaining qualities, but also by its power and 
force as an argument. That the speaker had a great 
moral truth to enforce, the title of his lecture clearly 
shows. It was a sermon in disguise ; but well and 
completely disguised. It was in the main the story of 
a man's life ; the thrilling account of the career of the 
Italian patriot Daniel Manin. But romantic as was 
that statesman's life, the speaker did not tell its story 
solely to entertain his audience. It was simply a 
means to an end ; an appealing narrative used to 
enforce the underlying truth. 

Apart from the color given to it by the personality 
of the speaker, and by his oratory, the lecture was a 
first-class literary effort. It was skillful. During the 
whole lecture we found ourselves listening intently all 
the while. This seems to me the proof of its skillful- 
ness as well as the power of the speaker. We were 
compelled to swallow his doctrine and yet were none 
the wiser. I venture to say that few left the hall 
when the lecture was ended that were thinking of hero- 
ism in daily life, unless it was by trying to harmonize 
the speaker's subject-title with his subject-matter, 
after the thoughts that naturally occur of the speaker, 

his figure, features, etc., that remain for a time before 
the mind's eye, had passed away, the next thought 
was of the strange and romantic incidents of the life 
that had been pictured. It was not till later, when 
revolving in our minds what we had heard, that the 
truths meant to be brought out forced themselves 
upon us. But upon a little thought they did enforce 
themselves ; they could not help it. The mind was 
enriched with the beauty, romance, and pathos of the 
narrative, at the same time the seeds of truth were 
sown. As long as we remember the incidents and 
colors of the picture, so long will we remember the 
truth therein ; their association necessitates this. As 
the setting sun sheds its beautiful crimson radiance 
over the western clouds of summer so the truth 
embodied in the man irradiates his life which though 
sometimes appearing dark is yet bright, because tri- 
umphant. Is not this what he wished to show ? 

In a biographical story the speaker well accomplished 
his end. In two ways he added life to his discourse ; j 
first, by giving the story of a man's life ; secondly, by ^ 
telling it, actually talking and acting himself. Had 
it been a written article designed to be read the former 
would have accomplished the end of growing life ; but 
being an oration, the whole discourse was enhanced 
by the actual, palpable presence of the speaker, which 
made a few years of a past generation and its legacy 
of moral truth a living reality. 

The presentation of his subject as a story seems to 
me to approach the allegorical ; the thing to be 
described, the moral truth, the image, the patriot's 
life. By a story he makes the subject entertaining, 
its influence enduring ; and at the same time it is 
instructive. Fundamentally metaphorical it transfers" 
the discussion of an abstract truth in an abstract way 
to the portrayal of its embodiment in the concrete and 
palpable human being. 

The story entitled " Constantine's Love " in The 
Polytechnic gives evidence of considerable merit. It 
well deserves the prominent position it is given in the 

"Well, what do you thinly of me now, my dear? " 

The screw-driver tenderly said. 
And the glad little screw then made answer, 

" Why, you have completely turned my head,"— St. 




Our locomotive had broken down, and we were 
obliged to wait for its repair. I had entered into con- 
versation with an old trainman to while away the time. 
Our subject matter led from one thing to another, till 
finally we found ourselves discussing the curious ways 
in which our life's chosen work is often frustrated by 
the mysterious hands of Providence. 

" Speaking of the peculiar ways in which one finds 
the course of his whole life changed, by some inci- 
dent or other, into channels of which he never 
dreamed," said my companion, " I often trace the 
stream of memory back to forty years ago, when 1 
first began service on the M. T. R. R.; and if you 
would like to hear about it, I will tell you how I came 
to be employed in the railroad service." 

I eagerly assented, and the old trainman began : 


I opened the telegram and read : " Come at once ; 
I will be in B. to-morrow. Will." 

" I wonder when that first train pulls out," I mut- 

After ransacking the pockets of five coats, I at last 
found a time-table in the top drawer of my desk ; a 
npt unusual result of my hunts after misplaced articles, 
if, indeed, I ever found the thing sought for. I had 
dubbed it my " epigrammatic system," sure to find a 
lost article by some unexpected turn of circumstances 
or of my own method, and never by a systematic, 
methodical search, 

" Half after two," I muttered, continuing my solilo- 
quy of the moment before. . "Morning? No — Yes. 
Ten now. Three and a half hours sleep. Guess I'd 
better turn in ; I'll need all the sleep I can get." 

Setting the alarm I quickly undressed and sprang 
into bed, and knew nothing more, till awakened by the 
alarm. I struck a match and glanced at my watch. 
My clock was twenty minutes slow. I had twenty 
minutes to dress and catch the train. I jumped out 
of bed and into my clothes, and burying myself in my 
heavy ulster and jamming a soft felt hat over my 
yncombed hair, I siezed my grip and made for the 
street. I reached the station just as the train rolled 

It was a crispy winter morning ; the air was bitter 
cold. The mercury must have stood many degrees 

below the zero mark. My coat collar was covered 
with ice where my warm breath had met it. Huge 
clouds of steam nearly concealed the locomotive, and 
brightly reflected the ruddy light of the fire when the 
fireman opened the door. There was no other pas- 
senger to embark from N — , and we were soon speed- 
ing on our way towards the city. 

The train was made up of two cars, a baggage and 
an accommodaton passenger. The latter was at the 
rear end and empty when we left N — . The baggage 
end of the other was attached to the passenger, and 
the smoker looked out on the laboring locomotive. I 
had gone into the smoker, partly for the enjoyment of 
its freedom, partly for the companionship of its pas-| 

I did not expect to find many travelers on such a 
cold morning. There were only three and these were 
scattered at unneighborly distances about the car. 
One sat near the forward end gazing vacantly out of 
the window into the darkness ; another sat midway ; 
while the third reclined on two seats in the rear. 
Placing my grip on a seat, I strode over to the door 
and looked out of its window on the engine as it 
plowed its way through the darkness into the dawn. 

I enjoyed watching the powerful driver as it rocked 
swiftly along its course. We were making fast time 
that morning, and the fireman replenished the fires 
many times while I stood and gazed from the window. 
Thick volumes of smoke poured forth continually from 
the smokestack and trailed along in the wake of the 
rushing train. When the fireman opened the door, a 
soft crimson radiance was reflected from the stream 
of smoke overhead which lighted up the tender in 
front of me. 

As I was about to turn away from the window, in 
the waning light as the fireman closed the furnace 
door, I saw a quick white gleam, as of a human face, 
on the coal in front of me, which disappeared as 
quickly as it came. My fellow-pas'senger gazing out 
of the window, was too low down to look over the end 
of the tender, and had not noticed it. I said nothing 
and waited for the smoke to again be illumined. 
Presently the furnace door was opened, and in the 
softly reflected light I made out the head and shoul- 
ders of two men, hugging the coal in the rear end of 
the tender, and low enough down to be out of sight of 
the engine men. 



" Something uncanny is afoot," I thought, " I'll bet 
these fellow passengers of mine are mixed up in it." 

I turned in an unconcerned manner and made my 
way to a seat near the rear. Taking out my pipe, I 
filled and lighted it and fixed myself comfortably for a 
smoke. If my fellow travellers were in any way con- 
cerned with the men on the tender, they showed no 
signs of uneasiness. Either I had thrown them off 
their guard, or else they were ignorant of the presence 
of the men. 

" I will keep my eye on them, at any rate," 1 
thought. " If they mean mischief I must learn their 

Puffing vigorously at my pipe, with my attention 
apparently absorbed in the enjoyment of it, I closely 
watched my companions. The dense volumes of 
tobacco smoke served as an excellent screen through 
which I might watch them in the flickering lamp- 
light unobserved. I kept up my scrutiny many min- 
utes with nothing to reward me for my pains. Each 
man seemed entirely oblivious of the other's presence. 

" What a fool I am," I thought. " I have allowed 
my fancy to run away with me. These men, like my- 
self, are but the victims of circumstances ; were 
forced to keep some important business appointments 
and — ." I stopped and would have dismissed the 
subject from my mind ; but just then I remembered 
the two men on the tender. I fell at once into think- 
ing what their intentions might be. 

"These men have some purpose or other; either 
they are stealing a ride or else they are carrying out 
some carefully arranged plan. If they have some 
scheme — " and then it dawned upon me that old 921 
might be heavily freighted after all. " I will fathom 
this thing to the bottom," I muttered, so loud as to 
attrack the attention of the man in front of me, who 
turned around. I pretended to be sleeping. Circum- 
stances favored me ; my pipe had gone out some time 
before, and just then the train began to slow up. I 
pretended to awake, stretching my legs and yawning 
as though disturbed in sound slumber. 

All three men left the car and I was alone. Pres- 
ently I heard the unshackling of the locomotive, and 
the big driver steamed away. " Now is my time," I 
thought, and stepping to the door of the baggage 
room, I knocked. 

" What do you want," asked a gruff voice. 

" I have important business with you," I answered. 

A slide was opened and a face peered through. 
Seeing me alone the man slid the bolt, and I entered. 

"Just a minute," I said, stepping toward the door. 

" No you don't," the man replied pulling me back. 
But I had seen enough. Five faces were peering 
from the darkness through the open door. 

The door was then closed. The train jumped, 
paused and trembled as the locomotive struck her. 
Then once more we were speeding away. I glanced 
round the room. In one corner stood a large chest 
with a heavy padlock. The two baggage men pro- 
ceeded quietly about their business apparently quite 
unconcerned. I began to think I had made a fool of 
myself, but there was no turning back. Besides, the 
five peering faces and the restraining action of the 
baggage man had served to whet my interest and 
urged me on. If nothing came of it no harm was 
done anyway. I was absorbed with these thoughts, 
when the man who admitted me turned and said: 

" Well, my friend, what can we do for you ? " 

I related at once what I knew of the five men. Two 
of them I thought had been hiding on the tender ; 
three had been my fellow passengers ; and I had seen 
five men together outside the door of the baggage 
room peering in. He turned paler a shade or two 
but beyond that betrayed no visible excitment. 

" May I ask your name ? " he inquired. 

" Certainly," I replied, ■' my name is Henry Steele.'' 

The other man approached and said: " I beg your' 
pardon, sir, but will you kindly tell me where you 
live ? " 

" In N — ," I replied. ' 

" And your occupation ? " 

" I am night telephone operator." 

" Good ! " he said, " and can you tell me who is 
night operator at Colbrook? " 

"William Gadding." 

" He's all right, Mr. Forbush. This is Will's friend 
of whom he has often spoken to me. Mr. Steele, 
this is Mr. Forbush, head baggage master of the M. 
T. R. R." 

" I am pleased to meet you, Mr. Steele," said Mr. 
Forbush kindly, " I think we can trust you." 

I assured him. that if I could help him in any way I 
would gladly do so ; and then extending my hand to 
his companion I said ; 



■' Is not your name, Darling, Harry Darling ? " 

" Yes," he replied. 

" I thought so," I continued. " Will has often 
spoken of you. It is he that I am going to see to-day 
in B — ." I then related my errand. 

By good fortune I had run across a friend of Will's, 
and I now knew that my integrity would not be 

" Mr. Steele," Mr. Forbush began, " you have ren- 
dered us valuable service this morning; your sus- 
picions are correct concerning our trust. We have 
in this car as good as $150,000. It was deemed 
expedient to send it on this train ; for one thing be- 
cause it would be less likely to arouse suspicion. Had 
you not seen the men on the tender we should prob- 
ably not have learned of this desperate attempt in 
season to do anything. We are fully armed, and 
may be able to do a good deal yet. We must care- 
fully discuss the matter now and devise some plan of 
procedure ; for there is only one more station before 
we pass through that fifty mile stretch of wood that 
lies between Way^ille and our destination." 

" One thing we must do," he continued. " We 
must hold the car. It would be folly to leave the 
whole or part of the money at Wayville, unprotected. 
These five men, thinking to surprise us, will not prob- 
ably be reinforced, and we will be pretty evenly 

" Don't you think Mr. Steele had better return to 
the car Mr. Forbush?" inquired Darling. "His 
absence may arouse the suspicions of the men and 
handicap our plans. If they saw him enter the car 
they will be sure to smell a rat unless we allay their 
fears in some way." 

" But he may be able to give us a good deal of 
help," replied Mr. Forbush, " and if he goes back in 
the car he can do us no good. He might be in our 
way, too ; and he would be at the mercy of the men 
if they got wind of our plans. Then, too, he is going 
to B — and does not want to get off at Wayville." 

" We can fix that all right," continued Darling. 

" He can get off at the station ostensibly to take a 
later train on the other road, and then make a circuit 
round the train to the back door where we can let him 
in. I believe the men will suspect something if he 
remains with us." 

" Perhaps you are right," replied Mr. Forbush. 

" But he must have some plausible excuse for this 
visit. Here, take this paper, Mr. Steele, and you can 
thank me as you pass out. And, by the way, when 
you leave the car sever the signal cord, please. Wait 
a minute till I look in the rear car." 

He stepped over to a slide, opened it just a crack 
and peeked through. 



The Index, the Agricultural College annual, published 
this year under the auspices of the class of 1900, 
made its appearance Monday and since that time the 
members of the faculty and the students who had no 
part in its preparation have been setting up of nights 
studying its pages to learn how they fared at the hands 
of the editors. The 1900 Index is something larger 
than its predecessors and something more ambitious 
in the quality of its literary matters. While preserv- 
ing the traditional features of such publications and 
presenting no startling innovations it shows a distinct 
advance in certain lines and is all in all a very credita- 
ble production. Some of the half-tone engravings are 
especially good, notably the portrait of Capt. Walter 
M. Dickinson. The volume is dedicated to Prof. 
Philip B. Hasbrouck, one of the most popular of the 
younger members of the faculty. The class histories 
are, as usual, entertaining. Considerable space is 
devoted to the college fraternities and associations, 
excellent group portraits being presented of the base- 
ball and foot ball teams, the banjo club and the 
editorial board of Aggie Life The cut at the head 
of the page devoted to the Entomological society is 
the brightest " hit " in the publication. An interest- 
ing sketch is presented of the new veterinary labora- 
tory with a fine illustration of the buildings as they 
will appear when completed. Accompanying the 
portrait of Capt. Walter M. Dickinson is a tribute to 
his memory written by Dr. J. B. Lindsey. There is 
also a portrait and a brief sketch of the late Harvey 
R. Atkins, a former student at the college, who died 
while in the United States service near Santiago. 
The grinds, and they are many, are of a kind best 
appreciated by the students but some of them show 
traces of genuine wit that is calculated to cause mirth 
even for the uninformed. The sketches accompanying 
portraits of members of the faculty are generally amus- 
ing and of a character to which the subjects can hardly 



take exception. The editorial matter is excellent and 
deals with questions of interest and importance to the 
college. The Index is neatly printed on heavy coated 
paper. It is bound in green cloth with a unique design 
in gold upon the side. Its editor-in-chief is Arthur C. 
Monahan, its business manager Frederic A. Merrill. 
— Amherst Record. 

Collect No*?S' 

— E. E. Adams '02 has left College. 

— Drill ! Why are we not allowed to have it ? 

— Lieut. Col. Wright spent the holidays in town. 

— J. K. Warden '02 will not return to College this 

— -The annual alumni dinner will soon be held in 

— Ball '02 spent last Sunday at his home in 

— Prof. R. S. Lull and family spent the holidays in 
New York. 

• — ^W. H. Armstrong '99 spent the holidays in 

— Thaddeus Graves Jr. spent a portion of the vaca- 
tion in Boston. 

— Prof. S. T, Maynard and family spent the holi- 
days in Northboro. 

— There are about eleven men who are taking the 
short winter course. 

— Prof. F. S. Cooley arid family spent part of the 
holidays at Ashfield. 

— Prof. C. S. Walker has been elected chaplain of 
the Amherst Grange. 

— The annual year book of Boston University has 
recently been published. 

— Claflin '01 recently spent Sunday with C. M. 
Kinney of Northampton. 

— President Goodell was in Boston during the 
greater part of last week. 

— W. E. Hinds '99 was ill a few days while at 
home during the vacation. 

^JohT5 Goodell has been seriously ill with diphtheria. 

We are glad to say that he has much improved and is 
nearly fully recovered. 

— Prof. F. S. Coolejr has been chosen deacon of 
the North Amherst church. 

— S. E. Smith '99 sang in the choir of the Baptist 
church on Christmas Sunday. 

— Captain Wright has been promoted to Lieuten- 
ant-Colonel. He is now in Cuba. 

— A number of the students held an informal dance 
in Pacific hall last Friday evening. 

— Dr. Stone read a paper at a recent meeting of a 
botanical society held in New York. 

— Prof. Charles Wellington recently entertained a 
party of friends at his home on Amity street. 

— The new dairy building north of the Hatch barn 
is nearly completed and will soon be occupied. 

— The Gypsy Moth Commission has recommended 
an appropriation of $200,000 for the coming year. 

— Prof. R. E. Smith attended some of the meetings 
of the scientific societies held recently in New York. 

— Dr. J. B. Paige had a touch of the grip last week , 
and was unable to meet his classes for a short time. 

— S. E. Smith '99 rendered several vocal selec- 
tions at the meeting of the Amherst Grange last Fri- 
day evening. M 

— The next entertainment in the Union Lecture ' 
course will be given by the Boston Sextette club next 
Wednesday, Jan, 25. 

— J. W. Stockwell has been elected secretary of 
the State Board of Agriculture. Mr. Stockwell had 
a son in the class '94. 

— Dr. J. B. Lindsey and Prof. F. S. Cooley spoke 
at a meeting of the Deerfield Agricultural society re- 
cently held in Ashfield. 

— Dr. Charles Wellington delivered a number of 
lectures upon subjects pertaining to the College, dur- 
ing the recent vacation. 

— The senior division in German has finished the 
work which was assigned for last term and will now 
take up "The Private Secretary." 

—William H. Bowker and J. D. W. French, both 
of Boston have been appointed trustees of the College. 
Their term of office holds for seven years. 

— It is unfortunate that the drill hall has to remain 
in such a condition as it is, but there are some things 
which the students themselves cannot remedy. 



— Capt. Cornish of the 5th U. S. Cavalry has been 
transferred to the 9th U. S. Cavalry. When lieuten- 
ant he was formerly military instructor at the college. 
' — The senior class has elected the following offi- 
icers : Pres't, F. H. Turner; vice pres't, M. H. Pin- 
;gree ; Treas., W. A. Hooker ; Sec'y, H. W. Dana. 
I — A large number of the students attended the lec- 
iture last Wednesday night by Rev. R. H. Conwell. 
The lecture was exceptionally good and all felt well 
[repaid for attending. 

— P. H. Smith, recently seriously injured his right 
hand in some of the machinery about the Hatch barn. 
His condition is much improved and he will soon be 
able to resume work. 

— Quite a large number of students have been ill 
during the spell of bad weather which we have had. 
A number of professors also could not escape the 
clutches of "la grippe." 

— Dr. Charles S. Walker, at the recent meeting 
of the American Economic Association held at New 
Haven, read a paper upon " Recent Economic 
Changes in Massachusetts." 

— G. R. Bridgeforth '01 has returned to College. 
Mr. Bridgeforth has entirely recovered from his un- 
fortunate accident and has suffered no disfigurment 
as a consequence of his illness. 

— The senior class in prescribed English has been 
assigned a series of debates for the term. The train- 
ing and instruction acquired by oral debate has a 
value which should not be under-estimated. 

— The sidewalks -around the different College build- 
ings have been in such a state that it was extremely 
dangerous to attempt to walk upon them. A little 
sand or saw-dust would remedy this matter. 

■ — A large number of townspeople and many stu- 
dents from both colleges attended " Macbeth " as 
played by Modjeska last Thursday night at the Acad- 
emy of Music. 'They returned by special train. 

— The College song book plays an important part 
in the life of every College. As yet we have had no 
song-book which we could call our own. An attempt 
is being made by some of the under-graduate students 
to get together a collection of songs which will be 
known as our College song book. This attempt is 
worthy of commendation and the students and alumni 
should give their hearty support to this plan. 

— Carpenter and Morehouse have recently pub- 
lished a memorial of Captain Dickinson. The book 
contains an excellent picture of the Captain and also 
a fine photograph of the tablet which wag placed in 
the chapel. 

— The sophomore class has elected the following 
officers : Pres't, E. S. Gamwell ; vice pres't, E. L. 
Macomber ; sec'y and treas., W. B. Rogers ; serg't- 
at-arms, Nathan Hunting ; class captain. J. H. Chick- 
ing ; tennis director, V. H. Gurney. 

— The freshman class has elected the following 
officers: Pres't, J. H. Belden ; vice pres't., D. P. 
West; sec'y and treas., H. L. Knight; serg't-at- 
arms, F. R. Church; basket-ball capt., E. S. Fulton; 
polo capt., W. Z. Chase ; tract-team cap't., L. C. 

— There has been a slight change made in the Col- 
lege choir. Creditable work was accomplished last 
term and an improvement will doubtless be seen this 
term. The work cannot go on without a trainer and 
it is the duty of those in charge to see to it that a com- 
petent trainer is provided. 

— An ice plane has been constructed by one of the 
members of the College, which if put to effective use 
will greatly facilitate matters in regard to polo. The 
plane is drawn by horses, the idea being to cut down 
the surface of the ice, removing all the roughened 
part, thus leaving a smooth surface for skating. 

— On the last three mornings of the fall term there 
was a noted lack of students at chapel exercises. 
Many of the fellows had gone home, and what few 
were here seemed to think more of studying for the 
examinations than attending these exercises. If such 
is to be the case, why not abolish chapel on these 
three mornings, in the future. Rather none at all, 
than with such an attendance as was seen last term. 

— Polo stock has depreciated since last term, for 
we have had no skating. An attempt to clear the 
pond was made last week, and proved quite success- 
ful as far as it went, but the two or three fellows who 
did the work soon tired of their job and nothing has 
been done since. An ingenious junior recently built a 
good ice plane and if some of the fellows would vol- 
unteer to help run it, we could once more have good 
skating and enjoy a good game of polo. 




— The farm department has been harvesting its 
usual crop of ice. Although delayed a few days on 
account of the warm weather, the work has been con- 
tinued, a fine quality of ice being taken from the pond. 
We would suggest, however, that some little regard 
be shown to officers of the polo association, when the 
position for cutting is selected. Instead of taking the 
only part of the pond available for skating it would be 
a little more courteous to start at one end where the 
ice is of just as good quality, thus leaving space 
enough for polo practice. 

— We are glad to see that basket-ball has at last 
received a good foundation. Not only has a fresh- 
man-sophomore game been arranged, but a complete 
schedule for all the classes has been drawn up. It 
now looks as though every class is to have a team, 
and we shall see some exciting games as a conse- 
quence. The schedule is so arranged that the fresh- 
men play the sophomores at the end of each series, 
thus the last game of the season is between these 
classes, and as there are three series this may be a 
descisive game. Everybody turn out for the first 
game Wednesday evening. 

— Friday evening the opening lesson of the dancing 
course given by Prof. Petit, will be held in the drill- 
hall. A large number of students have already joined 
the class, and many more are expected to do so soon. 
This course, given by such an able man as Prof. 
Petit, is of great benefit to the students, especially 
those who cannot already dance. It not only pre- 
pares them for the military ball which is soon to come, 
but gives 1hem an accomplishment which is always 
useful and delightful. Last year's class was a suc- 
cess and we only hope that this one may be even 
more so. 

— One evening, only a short time ago, several of 
the students held a meeting in the chapel to discuss 
the advisability of forming a dramatic club. They 
talked the subject over carefully, and after reviewing 
the accomplishments of many of the fellows, along 
musical and other lines, decided that a first-class min- 
strel show could be gotten up. They elected a leader, 
and the next morning put the matter before the Col- 
lege. Through some bungling on the part of the one 
who spoke on the subject, the fellows did not receive 
a favorable idea of the enterprise and the sentiment 

seemed to be against it. We believe the matter 
should be given more careful consideration. We 
lack a good musical or dramatic club and believe 
that such would be a help to the College. May this 
matter not be dropped but, rather, taken up with new 

— Now that the winter term has fairly started it is 
time to commence training in the drill hall for an 
inter-class mid-winter meet. Or perhaps a series of 
meets might be gotten up, each class competing with 
the other classes separately, then the upper and the 
lower classes contesting, and finally have the inter- 
class meet. By thus creating a rivalry in athletics, 
between the classes, an interest in the track team of 
next sprtng might be infused and the men be induced 
to try to make the team. Owing to the size of the 
college we have, perhaps, a better chance of making 
a name for ourselves in track athletics than in either 
base-bailor foot- ball; for it is very difficult for a 
small college to get together nine or eleven men that 
can successfully compete with the team of a college 
that has three or four times the number of men to 
choose from. Now in field and track athletics a few 
stars are sufficient to redound credit to their college 
without the aid of the other members of their team. 
And, since Amherst has so kindly offered us the use 
of their field and track, there seems to be no reason 
why we should not endeavor to turn out a track team 
that will be a credit to Old Aggie. 


75. — E. B. Bragg is general manager for the 
National Chemical Company of Cleveland, Ohio. 

78. — J. F. Hunt is Superintendent of the Brazer 
Building, State St., Boston, but his address is Clifton- 
dale, Mass. 

'81. — C. A. Bowman's address is 98 Walnut St., 
Clinton, Mass. 

'85.— E. W. Allen, 1620, 17th St., Washington, 
D. C. Vice-Director, Office Experiment Stations. 

'90.— F. J. Smith, Chemist for the Gypsy Moth 
Commission, is at his headquarters in Amherst during 
the winter ; during the summer his address will be 17 
Russell St., Maiden, Mass. 



'90.- — G. B. Simonds is a teacher in the evening 
school and employee in the postal service at Fitch- 
burg, Mass. 

'92. — F. G. Stockwell is a graduate student at Cor- 
nell University. 

'92.— R. P. Lyman's address is 997 Main St., 
Hartford, Conn. 

'92. — J. L. Field. Address at 3646 Lake Avenue, 
Chicago, 111. 

'93. — A. E. Melendy is with the Washburn & Moen 
Manufacturing Co., Worcester, Mass. Address at 4 
Dover St. 

'93. — C. A. Goodrich, M. D., practicing in Har tford. 
Conn. Office at No. 5 Haynes St. 

'94.— E. F. Dickinson, D. M. D., Harvard '98 is 
practicing at 107 Main St.. Northampton, Mass. 

'94. — A. C. Curtis is Instructor in English at St. 
Austins School, West New Brighton, Staten Island, N.Y. 

'94.— G. E. Smith. Address, Sheffield, Mass. 

'94. — F. L. Green is studying for the degree of 
Master of Arts in the Teachers College, Columbia 
University, having been appointed over a large num- 
ber of competitors to a graduate scholarship in educa- 
tion. His New York address is 321 West 1 17th St., 
permanent address, Southampton, N. Y., Box 266. 

'95. — H. D. Hemanway is Superintendent of the 
College Greenhouses and Assistant Horticulturist. 

'95.— H. W. Lewis, Corporal in Battery M 2d 
Artillery 7 A. C. Permanent address, Rockland, 

'95. — G. A. Billings is for the present at Benning- 
ton, Vt., canvassing for a correspondence school. 

'95. — A. F. Burgess is Assistant Entomologist to 
the Gypsy Moth Commission, 17 Russell St. Mai- 
den, Mass. 

'96. F. H. Read is Principal of the Commercial 
Department of the High School at Woonsocket, R.I. 

'96. — H. T. Edwards is with the Boston Bookstore, 
Park St., Boston. 

'82. — J. A. Cutter, M. D. In the December num- 
ber of The Dietetic and Hygienic Gazette, a monthly 
journal of physiological medicine we notice the third 
part of a discussion on, " Brights disease and some of 
its allies considered as fatty ills," the first and second 
parts having appeared in the October and November 

numbers. A full page half tone of Dr. Cutter is also 
given. Dr. Cutter is a graduate of the Albany Medi- 
cal College in the class of 1886; is corresponding 
member of the Gynecological society of Boston; a 
member of the medical society of the Borough of the 
Bronx, American Medical association, etc. Address 
120 Broadway, New York city. 

'91.^The death of M. F. Hurley, ex-'91 occurred 
at his home in Amherst late Tuesday night Jan. 10. 
He entered college in 1887 with the class of Ninety- 
one but left in 1889 to accept a position with O. G. 
Couch, which place he has since held. 

'90. — C. H. Jones was appointed Chemist of the 
Vermont Experiment Station, Jan. 1. His address is 
Lock Box 119, Burlington. 

'93. — The engagement is announced of Miss Mabel 
A. Kniblce of New Milford, Conn., and Franklin S. 
Hoyt, '93, principal of the New Milford Center 

'96. — J. Elton Greene, ex-'96, is a member of the 
firm of Greene Brothers, market gardeners and fruit 
growers, Spencer, Mass. Mr. Greene recently started 
for Colorado en route to California where he will spend 
the winter. 

'96. — A. M. Kramer is draftsman for the Ludlow 
Manufacturing Co., Ludlow, Mass. Home address, 
24 Spruce St., Clinton, Mass. 

'96. — H. C. Burrington, 2112 Michigan Avenue, 
Chicago, 111., with Walker Gorden Lab. Co 

'97. — G. A. Drew is Superintendent of the Horti- 
cultural department of the college, and assistant Hor- 
ticulturist to the Hatch Experiment Station. 

'97. — C. A. Norton is with the Lowell Dry Plate 
Co., in New York city where he went from Port- 
land, Me. 

'97. — C. F. Palmer Assistant Agriculturist of the 
Storrs Experiment Station of Connecticut. 

'97. — C. J. Armstrong, civil engineer with the 
Illinois Central R. R., at present stationed atBellville, 
111., address, care of J. B. Ball. 

'97. — H. F. Allen is Superintendent of a Poultry 
Farm at Boscowen, Merrimac Co., N. H. 

'98. — J. P. Nickerson is student at Tufts Medical 
College, address at 704 Tremont St., Boston. 

'98. — N. S; Fisher is at present canvsssing New 
York state for Johnson's encyclopedia. 




Those interested in chemistry will be glad to know 
that G. S. Newth's latest book has recently been added 
to our library. It is entitled Manual of chemical 
analysis Qualitative and Quantitative. The subject is 
treated in a thorough, yet in a compact manner, pre- 
senting at the same time many new ideas to the 
analyst. The book would be a valuable addition to 
any scientific student's library. Library number 

Navy Battles and our New Navy by Slippey. This 
book of nearly one thousand pages presents in a 
popular form many of the important naval battles of all 
time as well as some combats of squadrons and single 
ships which are interesting from the nautical skill and 
bravery shown in them. The discriptions are given 
in a concise manner together with the causes which 
led to the encounter. The author is strongly in favor 
of enlarging our navy. Library number 909- 1 1 . 


Now that the responsible head of the American 
Red Cross is allowed a brief rest from active duty in 
the field, at the urgent request of those who have fol- 
lowed its work in this country in its ever v/idening 
effort for humanity, she has consented to place the 
records of the movement in permanent form ; and the 
result of her labors will soon be given to the world in 
the shape of a book entitled The Red Cross, by Clara 

Previous to this Miss Barton's duties have never 
permitted anything further than a few articles in the 
leading periodicals, these being devoted to some par- 
ticular incident in her career; but she now feels that 
the American Red Cross has become an important 
and permanent institution, with a history well worth 
being placed in enduring form. Her publishers are 
confident that the story will be a fascinating and 
instructive one, since by reason of her position as a 
neutral, she must have become possessed of a large 
amount of interesting information never heretofore 
given to the public. It will be a history written from 
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Miss Barton's career as a humanitarian began in 
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NO. 8 

Published Fortnightly by Students of the Massachusetts Agricultural College. 

Students and Alumni are requested to contribute. Communications should be addressed. Aggie Life, Amherst, IVIass. Aggie Life will be sent 
to all subscribers until its discontinuance is ordered and arrears are paid. Subscribers who do not receive their paper regularly are requested to notify 
the Business Manager. 


WARREN ELMER HINDS, '99, Editor-in-Chief. 

FREDERICK HARVEY TURNER, '99, Business Manager. 

GEORGE FREEMAN PARMENTER, '00. Ass't Business Manager. 

BERNARD HOWARD SMITH. '99, Library Notes. JAMES EDWARD HALLIGAN, '00, Athletics. 



Terms: $1.00 per gear in adoancc. Single Copies, 10c. Postage outside of United States and Canada, 25c. extra. 

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G. F. Parmenter. Manager. Base-Bali Association. 

W. R. Crowell. Sec. Reading-Room Association, 

Nineteen Hundred Index, . . F. A. Merrill, Manager. 

Prof. R. E. Smith, Sec. 
F. H. Turner, Manager. 
F. H. Turner, Manager. 

Entered at the Post Office as second-class mail matter. 


It is a long time since we have seen so much 
interest aroused in any sport at Aggie as is just now 
being shown over basketball. Night after night the 
Drill Hall is the scene of exciting battles either 
between class teams at practice or between the differ- 
ent classes. Much interest has been manifested at 
the games in the inter-class series. The attendance 
has been large and the support of the teams enthusias- 
tic. Many of the games have been close and, as a 
rule, the winning team could not be picked in advance. 

If the baseball and track teams in the spring should 
receive the hearty support which is just now being 
shown for basketball, what an innovation it would be ! 
What a difference it would make to these teams ! 
There would be some competition for the different 
positions. Everyone would have to do his best and a 
good healthy spirit of friendly rivalry would prevail. 
Then with leaders possessing the entire confidence 
and good will of their followers, why should we not 

look forward to a more prosperous era for our athlet- 
ics ? Shall we not do our utmost to make it so ? 

Of course the interest in the Freshman-Sophomore 
game exceeded that in all previous games. This was 
the first time the lower classes had ever competed at 
basketball but we hope that it may become an annual 
event between those classes. It provides an excellent 
test of skill and endurance besides presenting more 
of interest to most students than does the rope pull, 
for instance. Furthermore, it is a game in which 
nearly everyone may participate and does not limit its 
followers to the few who may happen to be the largest 
or strongest men in their class. This tends to bring 
out the class of fellows who are seldom heard from 
in most athletic events. This ought to have a good 
effect on track athletics in the spring. 

We wish to thank the Secretary and Treasurer of 
the M. A. C. Athletic board for his correction of some 
statements presented in our last issue. While we 
regret that such a mistake occurred, we cannot regret 



that it results in bringing this matter more plainly 
before the student-body. We give the letter and the 
report of the Secretary and Treasurer of the board 
in another column so that all the students may see 
just the condition of the football treasury. The report 
plainly shows the truth of some other remarks in our 
last issue concerning the collection of money sub- 
scribed but left unpaid ; whether the collecting be 
done by the Treasurer of the Athletic board or the 
Manager of the teams. Ho*f can we expect our 
teams to close the season free from debt if nearly 
one-third of the money subscribed is not paid ? Is 
there a man in college to-day who will accept the 
ignominy of refusing to keep a pledge made before all 
his coUegemates ? Yet how can he escape it if he 
does not meet such obligations ? 

Shortly before the close of last term we had occa- 
sion to speak of a movement which should tend to 
draw the societies closer together. Its principal object 
was to secure some agreement among all the societies 
in regard to working men. This is a step which is 
sure to be taken very soon and now it rests with us to 
help it along. It is a step which, we believe, v/i!l have 
an elevating influence upon all the societies and will 
tend to place them upon a more equal footing. It 
will do away with several objections to the present 
system as it has been carried out in the past. We 
believe it will also be of material benefit to the new 
men in several ways. The conference participated in 
by delegates from each of the societies, resulted in a 
number of recommendations which were submitted 
to each of the societies for their consideration and 
action. This is a matter in which every student 
should take a lively interest and we are looking forward 
to some definite action thereon in the near future. 

I struck her coasting down thie liill, 
My wheel the nnaid did toss — 

She was the very sweetest girl 
1 ever ran across. — Ex. 

The editor with gladsome cry 
Exclaims, " My work is done ; 
The manager with weary sigh 
Explains, " My work is dun." 

— Exchange, 


Editor of the Aggie Life : 
My Dear Sir, — 

As it appears from your editorial concerning athletic 
managers in the last number of the Life that a mis- 
apprehension exists as to the management of the ath- 
letic finances of the College, it seems necessary that 
an explanation in regard to this matter should be 
made. Since, moreover, the several managers are 
very unjustly taken to task in your editorial it is but 
fair to them that everyone should have a proper 
understanding of this matter. 

According to the constitution of the Athletic^Board, 
adopted by the faculty and student body, " The Board 
shall have control of the athletic interests of the 
Mass. Agricultural College and of any funds or income 
of any funds that may be entrusted to it for athletic 
purposes. The board shall have the power to raise 
and collect subscriptions and in other ways to increase 
the athletic funds of the College. » * * The Board 
shall appoint a resident Secretary-Treasurer who shall 
receive and deposit all money for athletic purposes, 
whether gate receipts, subscriptions, guarantees, or 
proceeds from benefit entertainments. * * * The 
duties of the Secretary-Treasurer shall be * * * to 
receive and account for all money of the Board in 
whatever way placed in his hands. * * * He shall 
pay out money for the expenses of the single associa- 
tions only upon the written order of the manager of 
each association. * * * AH of his accounts shall be 
kept in a book prepared for the purpose which shall 
be open for inspection at any time to the members of 
the Board. * * * Each manager shall make his 
returns to the treasurer within three days after a home 
event or on his return from a trip." 

From these extracts from the constitution of the 
Board, which was published in full in your columns at 
the time of its adoption, it may be seen that the indi- 
vidual manager is not " intrusted with the finances 
subscribed by the students," has no accounts what- 
ever to keep, and consequently cannot " make a full 
report of his stewardship." All money is either paid 
directly to the treasurer or collected for him by the 
manager or his agent. All subscription lists are kept 
by the Treasurer and all money for payment of guar- 
antees or other expenses is disbursed by him, directly 
or through the manager. In short, the manager han- 



dies no money whatever except under the immediate 
direction of the Treasurer and as his agent. Further- 
more, all important arrangements are made only 
after consultation between the manager and Treas- 
urer and^the expenses and resources of each season 
are carefully calculated in the same way. Finally, 
the accounts of the Treasurer are kept " in a book 
prepared for the purpose," as specified by the consti- 
tution, each association by itself. All disbursements 
are accounted for by proper receipts and at the end of 
the year the accounts are examined by the Auditor 
appointed by the Board and the Treasurer makes his 
annual report. 

As the Athletic Board was formed for the prime 
object of conducting athletic finances upon a sound 
and systematic basis, and compMses representatives 
from the student body, faculty, aind alumni, the prop- 
erly audited report of the Treasurer to the Board has: 
been considered a sufficient guarantee that its finan- 
ces are being conducted in a proper manner. There 
is, however, no particular objection to the Treasurer's 
making a report to the student body if such a precau- 
tion be deemed necessary and the accounts of the 
past football season are herewith included. It will be 
noticed that a considerable number of subscriptions 
remain still unpaid. In the senior class, for example. 
out of $50 subscribed last September for the support 
of the football team during the fall term, only about 
one half has been paid up to this date, more than two 
months after the close of the season. It is not to be 
supposed that this is due to intentional dishonesty, but 
at the same time it is difficult to see how any right 
minded student, knowing that his subscription has been 
counted on in estimating the season's expenses, will 
persistently refuse or neglect to pay what he has 
promised and thus necessitate either a curtailment of 
the plans for the season or an extra burden on some- 
one else. 





Senior class, 




Sophomore " 


Freshman " • 






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Junior " 28.50 

Sophomore " 67.00 

Freshman " 53.50 

Faculty, 33.50 

Guarantees, 145.00 

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Balance due treasurer. 



Due treasurer, 


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E. S. Gamwell, 






Subscriptions due, 




Theoretical balance, $30.00 

Ralph E. Smith, 

Sec. and Treas. M. A. G. Athletic Board. 


On Friday evening February third, a Military Prom, 
will be given in the Drill Hall by the students of M. A. 
C. The patronesses are : Mrs. H. H. Goodell, Mrs. 
J. B.Paige, Mrs. R. S. Lull, Mrs. J. E. Ostrander and 
Mrs. Herman Babson. Music will be furnished by 
the Philharmonic Orchestra and the catering will be 
done by Barr of Springfield. There is to be a reception 
from 8 p. m. when dancing will commence and last 
until 2 A. M. Saturday morning. 

The committee of arrangements conists of Mr.F. A. 
Merrill, Mr.F.H.Turner.Mr. Y. H. Ganto,Mr.D.A.Bea- 



man, Mr.Geo.H.Parmenter, Mr. W.A. Hooker, Mr. J. 
W. Kellogg, Mr. H. E. Maynard with Prof. Lull and 
Prof. Paige as the faculty members. 

It is intended to make the Promenade as formal as 
possible ; the Drill Hall will be decorated much as it 
was last year and the accommodations will be the 
■ same. No flowers will be allowed upon the floor. 

The price of the floor tickets is $3.00 which includes 
the gentleman and ladies. Gallery seats are to be 
fifty cents each. Those who desire hacks should apply 
to Mr. A. C. Monahan who has the matter in charge, 
the price being $1.50 for lady and gentleman. As is 
the usual custom many of the professors will enter- 
tain the ladies at their homes during the night of the 

Those who have not as yet purchased tickets and 
who desire to do so should apply to Mr. F. H. Turner. 


The 26th annual meeting of the Massachusetts 
Alumni of the M. A. C. was held at the Quincy 
House on Friday evening Jan. 27. About sixty guests 
sat down to dinner after the regular election had been 
held. For the ensuing year, Mr. Samuel C. Damon 
was elected president. 

The speakers of the evening were Pres. H. H. 
Goodell, Prof. Brooks, Lemuel LeB. Holmes 72, M. 
T. Rogers 79, S. G. Damon '81, H. J. Wheeler '83, 
Wm. G. Parker '80, Wm. H. Bowker 71, and F. 
A. Merrill who represented Aggie Life. A quartet 
from the college rendered appropriate songs throughout 
the evening and added much to the enjoyment of the 

The President's address was the same as he has 
given us before in the Chapel. It dwelt with the story 
of how he, when a lieutenant in the Givil War, car- 
ried the pay of a regiment across the enemy's coun- 
try to New Orleans, and was listened to with careful 

Prof. Brooks spoke of the needs of our college in 
regard to an athletic field and marked out a course to 
be pursued in order to obtain the same for future use. 
His appeal to the Alumni for aid, both moral and 
financial, was strong and pertinent, and deserves to 
meet with success. 

Mr. Parker, who is a representative at the State 
House, spoke upon the need of hearty co-operation 

upon the part of the Alumni to support the bill to in- 
crease the maintenance fund, that is now before the 
House. He impressed upon his hearers the necessity 
for each one of them to appeal personally to his repre- 
sentative and thereby bring all possible influence to 
bear upon the legislative branch to further so good an 
object. It is necessary for the future of the College 
that this bill should be passed. 

Mr. Wm. H. Bowker spoke about the financial side 
of the management of the college and expressed great 
hope for a brilliant future. His remarks in regard to 
the spreading of nature studies and their aid toward 
advertising the college was novel and of much inter- 
est. His idea was that the college should print cer- 
tain pamphlets of such an order that they could be 
disseminated through the high schools and in this way 
the name of " Old Aggie " would be brought promi- 
nently forward among a class that would be likely to 
appreciate the work done here. 

Mr. Wheeler's speech dealt mostly with the atti- 
tude of the alumni toward the undergraduates and he 
lamented the lack of cordial feeling between the two 
bodies. The condition of the college and the support 
that it receives from the alumni were touched upon ^ 
by Mr. Merrill whose speech we print in another 
column as we believe that it will be of interest to ■ 
every alumnus who has the welfare of his Alma Mater 
close to heart. 

Tne menus used for the occasion were tastefully 
gotten up and appropriate ; the tables were well dressed; 
and the dinner well served. 

It is always encouraging to see so many loyal sons 
of " Old Aggie " gathered around the board and these 
annual reunions do much to firmly cement the feelingj 
of comradeship that ought to and does exist in the 
Massachusetts alumni. X. 


Gentlemen of the Alumni :■ — It is many years 
since some of you left the cherished walls of your 
Alma Mater. Since then. Time has traced his hur- 
ried course with no uncertain finger, and into your 
lives has brought a certain portion of pain and of hap- 
piness. Multifarious duties have sprung up before 
you and claimed your attention ; new faces have been 
welcomed and old ones lost forever. About you have'^ 
grown the flowers of the earth, tender and sweet. 



You have nurtured the slender spray until you have 
failed to recognize it in the sturdy oak to which it had 

Thus has sprung up about you a garden of the 
world's beauties, and yet, back of all this wonderful 
growth, lost in the labyrinth of newer lives, is still the 
seed that made you what you are to-day. To you 
these tender vines have turned for training and care, 
and what have you to give them ? What is there in 
your nature that they claim ; — that they demand ? 

Are you so different from the wild uncultivated 
briar that fringes the road-side ? What have you that 
these growing replicas of yourself demand? Is it not 
the very essence of your character ? Is it not that 
individuality on which you pride yourself? 

And how came you by this selfsame individuality ? 
Why are you not like the thousands of briars that lie 
tangled in the hedge-rows ? Or why has not your life 
been choked by these same lowly vines that curl 
about your feet ? 

It was because, when you were young and uncer- 
tain in your growth, a kind and skillful hand picked 
you from the heterogeneous mass and trained you as 
you should grow. A kind and gentle hand it was ; 
patient with your short-comings ; ever watchful over 
your destiny ; fearful for your future. When you 
were weak and tiny, it would have been a small thing 
to have allowed the briars to over-run you, but it 
would haye been an ignoble action. 

To-day, how do you stand ? Even in all the splen- 
dor of your manhood ! Have you met your obliga- 
tions to the one who trained you for your present 
position? Can you say with a clear conscience, 
" That old Alma Mater, how I love her ; how I long 
to repay her for her early kindnesses to me?" 

Your Alma Mater takes fond pride in your past and 
in your future ; you are her boys and always will be. 
To you she looks for the spreading of her influence. 
You are what you are, but you are only that through 
her training and her care. To her you owe every- 
thing, and what have you rendered her in return ? 

It Is the duty of every alumnus to take a personal 
interest in the daily affairs of his old college ; an inter- 
est second only to that of his family. Every college 
is strong only as Its alumni is strong, and to you, who 
have gone before us, we must appeal for that strenth- 
ening aid that comes through close comnnunlon. 

To keep in close touch, it is necessary that the 
undergraduate and the alumnus should have some 
means of communication, and that is always to be 
found in the college publications. The more the pity 
that so few of the aiumni appreciate this fact. 

Let us see for a moment how well the alumni have 
supported the college paper. Upon the books of the 
Aggie Life appear the names of fifty men whose sub- 
scriptions are m arrears by some two years. Besides 
this number there are over thirty who owe for the last 
year's subscription, and it has been found nearly 
impossible to collect this money. A change of ad- 
dre Es is seldom sent to the editor and then complaint 
is made if the alumni list be incorrect. 

Upon the editorial side there is a dearth of material. 
The advent of some literary morsel from an alumnus 
is almost unknown, and yet, there must be items of 
interest that you gentlemen meet with in every day 
life. The editor is always ready and willing to pub- 
lish such pieces as you may deem important. 

T\\e Index, the Junior annual, receives scant sup- 
port at your hands, and yet it is ever a worthy volume. 
Some three weeks ago we sent out two hundred 
notices to the alumni of this publication and we have 
received but six responses. Is this just .? 

In the Index we publish an alumni list at the 
expense of fifty dollars ; that list is corrected by the 
President from every available means at his command 
up to September, after that date we send letters with 
request tor corrections, to those whose addresses are 
doubtful. This year we sent out over fifty. Of these, 
four were returned by the post-office department, and 
of the remainder that certainly reached their destina- 
tion, one third never came back to us. If then, the 
alumni takes so little interest in that which concerns 
them most, it is my advice to succeeding Index boards 
to suspend the publication of the alumni list. 

To better your college it is necessary that you 
should take active interest in its daily affairs. Besides 
an annual discussion upon a technical phraseology in 
regard to name, what do you gentlemen do for the 
undergraduate ? How often do we feel your influ- 
ence upon our campus ? What encouragement do 
you give us ? 

A spirit of adverse criticism has sprung up among 
you, and instead of a helpful hand, you are rather 
lending a destructive one. You have become icono- 



clasts but you have set up no other images for us to 

We undergraduates cannot bear all this burden ; it 
is not our place to. It is but natural for us to turn to 
you for help and counsel. 

Gentlemen, you should awake to the fact that you 
have an Alma Mater. You should acquaint your- 
selves with the college that once knew you. You 
should return and open up new opportunities for us ; 
you should start innovations and supply the stimulus 
that keeps them running ; you should be broad and 
liberal, not crabbed and narrow. You should, above 
all, supply us with the example of an alumni whose 
loyalty to the college could not be questioned, whose 
enthusiasm could not be dampened, and whose patri- 
otism could not be gainsaid. 

F. A. Merrill. 


Why is it that our college year begins so early in 
the Autumn ? September as a rule is a very warm 
itionth, and for that reason a hard time to begin study 
with any certainty of earnestness. Few other colleges 
open as early as ours ; this is undoubtedly due to the 
warm weather. With us other factors are to be 

It is difficult for our men to find profitable employ- 
ment during the short vacations which occur in mid- 
winter and early spring ; at the same time some of 
these men are obliged to work although for small gain. 
If the summer vacation should be lengthened they 
could continue in their positionsforanother month with 
greater profit at that season than during the dull season 
of the short vacation. 

Not only the working class would be benefited by 
this change but also those men who come from a 
distance state and can only hope to go home once a 
year. For these men, life around college, when the 
rest of the fellows are gone home, is filled with loneli- 
ness and gloom. 

Another benefit which would come to the students 
is that of continued application, with intermission 
enough for rest and not enough to bring on dullness 
and laziness which come with too much inaction. 
We are well aware of the difficulty with which we 
take hold of our studies after an extended absence 
from the recitation room. 

The change may be brought about very easily. At 
present the terms are unequally divided ; the Fall 
term being much the longest. This might be cut 
down and the Christmas vacation reduced to one week 
and Easter vacation reduced still more. By cutting 
down these recesses two or three weeks might be 
added to the Summer vacation without shortening the 
present college year and still make it more enjoyable 
to both students and Professors. 



" There are two men talking together/' he said 
when he returned. " They are probably the men 
from the tender. 1 wonder the conductor didn't 
notice them on the engine. And that makes me 
think, we must notify him and the brakeman." 

Just then the brakeman entered, and Mr. Forbush 
told him his suspicions. 

" 1 believe you are right," he exclaimed. " When 
I came through the car I heard one man say, ' it will 
only be a matter of a few minutes.' They stopped 
quickly when they saw me. It looks suspicious. I 
will tell Bill, and we will join you directly after leav- 
ing Wayville." 

We were now only three miles from the station. I 
left the baggage room, Mr. Forbush accompanying 
me to the door where I thanked him for the paper. 

" I suppose that I must wait till daylight for the 
through train to Connington ? " I asked. 

'• Till 5-45," he replied, and shut the door. 

In the smoker I found my fellow travelers engaged 
in a game of cards, but carrying on a conversation in 
an undertone. They looked up as I entered, but I be- 
trayed no surprise. I strolled over to the door and 
looked out. My friends on the tender were gone. 
The train slowed up and I left the car, severing the 
cord as I went. A man from each car watched me 
as I went along the platform. None of the other 
men got off. Nearing the building I put down my 
grip, struck a match and lighted my pipe as though 
preparing to spend as comfortably as possible the time 
that I must wait. 

The engineer was oiling his engine for the long run ; 
the fireman was fixing his fires. I tried the door of 
the station. It opened and I entered. Going out 
through a door in the rear, I made a hurried detour, 



gained the baggage car, and crawted in. In a moment 
more we had left Wayville station behind us and had 
begun our long run of fifty miles through the desolate 
forest. The brakeman and conductor soon entered 
the car, and we immediately began to formulate our 

" It may be ten or twenty minutes before these fel- 
lows strike a blow," said Mr. Forbush, " but we must 
be ready for them at any time now. Will you, Mr. 
Steele, watch the smoker and you, Darling, the rear 
car, and report what you see. Do you think we had 
better remain here or sally out, Bill," he said, address- 
ing the conductor. 

" I think we'd better stay," was the reply. '• We 
don't know with certainty that these men have evil inten- 
tions. In any case we can probably hold out against 
them. By a little strategy we may be able to capture 
the gang and hand them over to the authorities at 
B — . The engineer will run right through, for the 
cord is severed and they cannot signal for a halt. I 
don't see but that we have things pretty well in our 

" It is the better way," Mr. Forbush replied. " We 
will stay; we will stay. Well, what do you see ?" he 
asked, turning to me. 

" They have scattered," I replied. '• They are 
looking this way. They are coming along the aisle 
toward the door," I added, quickly closing the shutter. 
Darling closed his at the same time. 

" The two men are tiptoeing up to the door," he 
said on coming up. 

" Cock your weapon and be ready to draw when I 
signal," said Mr. Forbush. A knock from the smoker 
followed his words. 

He stepped to the slide and opened it. " What do 
you want ? " he inquired. 

" May we come in and warm up a little ?" asked 
one. " It's colder than a barn out here." 

*• Certainly," replied Mr. Forbush, closing the 
shutter and stepping to the door. " Be ready," he 
whispered, and slipping the bolt he opened the door. 
The men filed in and the door closed. 

At the signal we covered the men. " Hands up," 
cried Mr. Forbush. 

Two responded ; the third drew his weapon, but I 
was too quick for him and fired, disabling his arm. A 
teriffic blow followed the shot and the rear door fell in 

with a crash. The two men brought up at the muzzle 
of the revolver of Darling and the brakeman. One 
of the men turned and jumped ; the other threw up 
his hands. We soon disarmed the men and bound 
them. Powerless to help themselves they soon con- 
fessed their crime. The engineer knew nothing of 
the matter till we reached B — , and then he would 
not believe us till he saw our prisoners. A more sur- 
prised man I never saw. We handed the robbers 
over to the authorities at the city. 

At the trial they confessed their guilt and divulged 
the name of the bank official, who had confided the 
secret to them. They each got ten year's hard labor, 
and the bank clerk lost his position. 


"What became of the man who jumped off ?" I 

" He dislocated his leg and broke an arm in the 
jump, and being unable to help himself, perished from 
the cold. His body was recovered the next morning. 

" It was a pretty clean-cut job, at any rate," I re- 

" Wasn't it ! " replied the trainman. " It was a 
daring and desperate attempt. The time and manner 
were both unique. It would probably have succeeded, 
too, if I hadn't discovered the two men." 

"How was it they happened to hide on the tender?" 
I asked. " I should think they would have found it 
better to have gone to Wayville the night before." 

" They couldn't make the arrangements," he re- 
plied. " Oh, it was a well-laid scheme just the same ! 
The conductor and brakeman both acknowledged that 
they supposed the men got on at Wayville until they 
learned otherwise. But the capture is the neatest 
thing of the kind, without exception, that I ever heard 
of. What do you think ?" 

" It certainly was a remarkable success," I replied. 

" And so it was," said the trainman in conclusion, 
" that I entered the employ of the M. T. R. R. It 
was the turning point of my life. Receiving an offer 
I accepted, and have served this corporation ever 
since, a period of forty years." 


One swallow does not malce a summer, 
A long forgotten poet sings, 

But 1 have seen a small grasshopper 
Make a half a dozen springs. — Ex. 


fiCjGiE jL-li^'i-.. 


Orphans, 22; Freshmen, 10. 

The interclass series in basket-ball opened Wed- 
nesday, Jan. 18. The game was very exciting fronn 
the start to the finish and those who were fortunate 
enough to witness the contest were well repaid for 
their time. Although the Orphans never played to- 
gether before they put up a stiff game and surprised the 
spectators by defeating the Freshmen team. The 
features of the game were the playing of Crowell and 
McCobb. The summary : 

Orphans. Freshmen. 

Chapin, 1. f. 1. f., Fulton 

Stanley, r. f. r. f., McCobb 

Morrill, c. c, James 

Crowell, 1. b. 1. b.. Hall, Dellea 

Halligan, r. b. r. b.. Chase 

Referees — Rice, Dorman. Umpire — Ahearn. Goals from 
field— Crowell 4, Halligan 3, Chapin 1, Morrill 1, Stanley 1. 
Goals from fouls — Crowell. Time— 20 min. halves. 


Sophomores, 8. 

The second game in the interclass series was 
played Friday, Jan. 20, in the Drill Hall before an 
enthusiastic crowd. Tin horns, megaphones and 
numerous other instruments were prevalent. The 
game opened at 7-10 with the Sophomores de- 
fending the south goal. In the first three minutes 
'01 threw two goals. Then the poor Orphans woke 
up and before the half was over succeeded in scoring 
six points. This was indeed a complete surprise for 
the Sophomores for they expected to win. 

The second half opened with the Orphans throwing 
for the north goal. After two minutes' play Crowell 
found the basket for two points. Chickering then 
fouled and Crowell threw the goal. Each side made 
two more fouls but the goals were missed. The first 
half was played without a foul but in this half the 
play was rough. T he summary : 

Orphans. Sophomores. 

Pierson, 1. f. 1. f., Ahearn 

Chapin, r. f. r. f., Dorman 

Morrill, c. c. Rice 

Halligan, r. b. r. b., Chickering 

Crowell. 1. h. 1. b., Wilson 

Umpire — James, Whitman. Referee — McCobb. Goals 

from field — Ahearn 3, Dorman 1, Crowell 2, Halligan 1, 
Chapin 2. Goal from foul — Crowell. Time — 20 min. halves. 
Score— 1 1-8, 

Freshmen, 9 ; Orphans, 4. 

The Freshmen met the Orphans Wednesday, Jan. 
25, and succeeded in beating them by the above 
score. It was a very loosely played game and owing 
to the number of fouls made on the losing side it 
proved uninteresting. The summary ; 
Freshmen. Orphans. 

Fulton' If. r. b,, Crowell 

Dellea, r. f. 1. b., Halligan, c. C Morrill 

Hall, 1. b. r. f.. Chapin 

Chase, r. b. 1. f., Brown 

Umpire — Dorman, C. Rice. Referee — Ahearn. Time- 
keeper — Chickering. Time — 20 min. halves. 

Freshman, 13; Sophomores, 7. 

The Freshmen and Sophomores met for the first 
time in the basket ball series and played a very inter- 
esting game. 

The roughness generally displayed when the two 
lower classes meet was done away with and as a re- 
sult the game was all the more interesting. 

Both teams played fast ball but the Sophomores 
showed lack of practice. Luck seemed against them 
especially in the first half when several goals were 

Team work was the feature of the Freshmen's 
playing : 

The summary : 

Freshmen Sophomores 

Dellea, r. f. r. f,, Chickering 

McCobb, 1. f., * I. f., Ahearn 

James, c. c. Rice 

Chase, r. b., r. b., Dorman 

Fulton, 1. b., 1. b., Wilson 

Umpires — Crowell, Morrill. Referee — Halligan. Time- 
keeper — Whitman. Time — 20 m. halves. Goals — Ahearn, 

Dorman 2, Fulton 2; McCobb 3, Dellea 1. Goals from fouls. 
— Dorman, Fulton. 

The following little verse, a clipping from one of our 
exchanges, very uniquely points out a certain feminine 

weakness : 

" She walked into the dry goods store 

With stately step and proud ; 
She turned the frills and laces o'er 

And pushed aside the crowd. 
She asked to see some rich brocade. 

Mohairs and grenadines ; 
She looked at silk of every shade. 

And then at velveteens, 
She sampled jackets, blue and red, 

She tried on nine or ten. 
And then she toss'd her head and said 

She ' guessed she'd call again.' " — Ex. 



^olle;^^ ^ot^S- 

— Military Promenade. 

— West'02 spent Sunday at his home in Northampton. 

— Mr. Geo. H. Ellis visited the college a short time 

— A. F. Frost is singing in the choir of Unity 

—Prof. C. H. Fernald recently made a short trip 
to Boston. 

— F. A. Merrill '00 attended the alumni meeting 
held In Boston. 

— The class of '94 expects to hold a reunion next 

— The farm department has resumed the work of 
harvesting the ice on the College pond. 

— H. P. Kendall, a Senior in Amherst College, is 
taking a course in entomology at the Insectary. 

— Mr. E. H. Forbush, Field director of the Gypsy 
Moth Commission, recently visited the college. 

• — The condition exam, in agriculture was held last 
Saturday. That in chemistry was given Monday. 

— Mrs. S. T. Maynard will give a talk on birds at 
one of the future meetings of the Amherst Grange. 

— The annual Junior Promenade was recently held 
in New Haven by the Junior class of Yale College. 

— Rev. H. R. McCartney of the Village Congrega- 
tional church, recently exchanged with the college 

— Prof. R. E. Smith has been in Boston, where 
he attended the meeting of the alumni held there 
last week. 

— The AmherstCoUege Seniors will present Pinero's 
farce, " The Magistrate," for the annual Senior 

— President Goodell delivered a lecture at a meet- 
ing of the Farmers' Institute held in Plainfield, Sat- 
urday, Jan. 21. 

— Prof. F. S. Cooley at the last meeting of the 
Amherst Grange gave a talk on " How to make Good 
Milk and Butter." 

— A. C Monahan '00 has entire charge of the 
hacks for the Promenade and all those desiring to 
secure them should apply to him at once. 

— The next entertainment in the Union Lecture 
Course will be a lecture by Prof. R. G. Hibbard, the 
elocutionist, assisted by local musical talent. 

— At the last meeting of the Amherst Woman's 
Club, a program prepared by Mrs. C. S. Walker, was 
rendered by members of the music committee. 

— Copies of the Memorial of Captain Dickinson 
have been distributed to members of the Senior class 
and to students who especially desired to obtain them. 

— J. Williams Macy, the humorist and buffo-basso, 
will appear in the town hall this evening. The enter- 
tainment is given under the auspices of the Methodist 

— President Goodell delivered an address before 
the Horticultural society of Worcester last Thursday 
upon " The Agricultural and Horticultural Products of 

— Prof. G. F. Mills will lecture upon " Bees and 
Books " in the course of lectures now being held in 
town, under the title, " Familiar Talks in Friendly 

— Representative G. E. Fisher of North Amherst, 
has introduced in the Legislature a resolve to make 
an annual appropriation of $10,000 to the college for 
educational purposes. 

— The address which President Goodell delivered 
at the meeting of the State Grange, held in Worces- 
ter in December, has been published with the proceed- 
ings of that organization. 

— Those of the students especially interested in 
music may be interested to know that a " Piano Con- 
versation " will be given in the court room Feb. 18, 
by Prof. Story of Northampton. 

— At the Union Institute of the Hampshire and 
other county agricultural societies held at Hadley 
last Thursday, Prof. Charles Wellington spoke on the 
subject, " How Massachusetts Farming is to be made 

— Much interest has been shown in the debates as 
scheduled for the Senior class. Last Friday the sub- 
ject of the debate was " Woman should have the 
right to vote." W. E. Hinds and W. A. Hooker sup- 
ported the affirmative side of the question, while H. 
E. Maynard and G. C. Hubbard spoke for the nega- 
tive. The subject for the debate for next Friday is, 
" High Schools should be supported at Public 



— The first hour last Thursday morning was devoted 
to exercises appropriate to the Day of Prayer for 
Colleges. Prof. Neill of Amherst College addressed 
the students and Superintendent Hardy gave an 
interesting talk. 

— Photographers from Holyoke have been about the 
college for a few weeks, taking pictures of the different 
classes in their recitation rooms jndalso many interior 
views. The work is done by flashlight and the results 
obtained are very fine. 

— Prof. George H. Palmer, LL. D. delivered a 
lecture in College Hall, last Monday evening upon 
" The Profession of the Teacher." This was the 
second lecture in the course on " College Thought and 
Public Interest." The students should avail themselves 
of the opportunity to attend this course of lectures. 

— The annual meeting of Massachusetts Agricul- 
tural College Alumni association was held Friday 
evening Jan 27, at the Quincy Hotel, Boston. A 
large number were present at the dinner. President 
Goodell addressed the association upon the subject, 
" How the Pay of the Regiment was Carried to New 
Orleans." A quartette consisting of S. E. Smith, 
Thaddeus Graves, Jr., C. A. Crowell and H. E. May- 
nard, rendered several selections. 

— In order to make the Military Promenade a 
success this year it is necessary to have the co-opera- 
tion of the majority of the students. The trimming 
and decorating of the hall lies entirely with the students 
and much depends upon their efforts. H. E. May- 
nard '99 and J. W. Kellogg '00 have charge of the 
decorating and this committee should receive the sup- 
port of all the students. Those who do not expect to 
attend the Promenade should offer their services and 
assist the committee all that is possible. 

— During the past week the dancing class has made 
rapid progress. Three lessons a week are being given, 
so that the members may be in time for the ball Fri- 
day evening. Prof. Petit has even a larger class than 
he anticipated and is putting a great amount of inter- 
est into it. His time is given especially to those 
members who are just learning and it will not be his 
fault if they are unable to dance at the ball. A piano 
has been placed in the drill hall and under the inspira- 
tion of good music many a new beginner is able to 
swing his toe, where otherwise he might be puzzling 
blindly over the uncertainties of the fantastic waltz. 

— The basket-ball schedule, which has been so 
successful thus far, will be broken into this week by 
the military promenade. The twogames which should 
have come this week will be played next Wednesday 
and Friday evenings. The following is the revised 
schedule of games for the next series : 
Feb. 8—1900 vs. 1901 

■■ 10—1899 " 1902 

'■ 15—1900 " 1901 

■' 17—1900 " 1902 

" 22—1901 '■ 1902 
— Members of the Natural History Society are 
anxiously awaiting the course of lectures given every 
year under this auspices. The committee on enter- 
tainments has been appointed and the first lecture is 
promised soon. Last year many interesting and 
instructive talks were given, and we only hope those 
of this year may prove as pleasing. Among the 
speakers already secured for this year are Dr. Fernald, 
who will be the first, Prof. Smith, and Dr. Stone. It 
is also hoped that Pres. Goodell can be secured for 
one of his war reminisences. 

— When the decorating committee for the military 
ball opened the armory last week and examined the 
rifles and other equipment, they found them to be in 
very poor condition. The belts were covered with 
mold and the inside of the rifle barrels were full of 
rust and dirt. Since the college is under bonds for . 
the good condition of this equipment it would seem as 
though they would see to their being kept in good con- 
dition. The rifles are not used by the students and- 
so are not cleaned as formerly, but nevertheless they 
will soon spoil if left in their present condition. 

— Dr. Goessmann received lately the information, 
from the Secretary of the " American Chemical 
Society," that he had been made a member of the 
Council of that society in accordance with a provis- 
ion, of the new Constitution, which reads as follows : 
" All Past Presidents shall be members of the 
Council, until they shall express their desire to be 
relieved from the duties of said position." The new 
Constitution went into effect on Jan. 1, 1899. The 
society has been made a national one, during the past 
year, in consequence of a union of the different 
" Chemical Societies " in various parts of the country. 
Dr. Goessmann has been an active member of the 
society since its organization. 



— Next week, without fail, base ball practice must 
begin in the drill hall. It must be good hard practice, 
too, and none of the fooling such as we saw last year. 
We have a fine place for battery and batting practice 
and should make the most of it. There is no reason 
whatever why we cannot turn out a team this year 
which will surpass that of all other years. Plenty of 
good material has shown itself and by getting in some 
good stiff practice before the season opens we can 
begin by winning games instead of losing them. There 
is a good prospect of a trip north this spring and this 
if nothing else should bring out the candidates. Every 
man remember that our chances of putting afirst class 
team in the field this year depends on himself, and 
when Capt. Crowell calls for candidates every man 
come over and do his best, whether he has played the 
game before or not. 


'7 1 . — An article which recently appeared in one of 
our prominent daily newspapers dealing with the success 
of one of " Aggies,,, pioneer graduates, has come to 
our attention ; and we take pleasure in publishing it 
here in full. It is entitled : " Marked Success of a 
Sunderland boy. " There is such a thing as grasping 
your opportunities and on the other hand there are 
many people who would not recognize an opportunity 
even after being introduced to it. Back in the late 
50's and early 70's there was a nice old gentleman 
named Russell living in Sunderland. He lived much 
longer, too. He was an old-school Democrat, of 
j;ood ability, honest and frugal. He brought his chil- 
dren up to fear God and be good citizens. His son, 
William D. Russell, was educated in the schools of 
the village, and at one or the other of the Amherst 
:olleges and then he located in Turner's Falls. 

In the days of Colonel Alvah Crocker, the pione er. 
Colonel Crocker was the business creator of Turner's 
Falls. He saw the superb water power and harnessed 
it and put it to work. One of the industries that was 
iplanted there alongside the Connecticut river was the 
Montague Paper company. One of the master minds 
that came into the corporation that was formed was 
iueorge E. Marshall. As a paper maker he was great. 
He had demonstrated that fact beyond question. It 
was Colonel Crocker who knew this and induced him 

to come to Turner's Falls. 

Of Mr. Marshall it was truly said " he could make 
more and better paper out of a given amount of stock 
than any other man living. " That was a high com- 
pliment, but it was deserved. Under this man of 
almost genius in paper making came the Sunderland 
boy, W. D. Russell, fresh from college, with good 
habits, a clean conscience and having the gift of taking 
hold of an opportunity when it came within his reach. 

It came almost at once under George E. Marshall. 
The two men supplemented each other, B. N. Farren, 
another master hand, recognized the worth of young 
Russell. It was seen that the young man came near 
coming under the head of those who cannot be dis- 
pensed with. In time George E. Marshall died and 
young Russell was elected as treasurer of the great 
corporation. There was no chance about it. It was 
seen that he was a safe and capable financial manager. 
He had brains and he used them. He was ably 
supplemented in the mill by Porter Farwell,the super- 
intendent. They worked in harmony and the dividends 
were superb. Stockholders like large dividends. It 
happens sometimes that a man is " a great financier " 
when things are going his way and he dominates and 
uses them. But there comes a time when the 
dividends drop off partly from errors and partly from 
changed conditions, and the great finacier finds that 
his magic touch is gone and the stockholders who 
praised now hasten to kick. 

Competition grew fiercer, but the Montague mill 
continued to make money. It tells the story to say 
that the management was superb in office and mill. 
Where other mills less ably managed failed, the 
Montague made money. 

Then came the plans for the great International 
Paper company that now dominates that particular 
kind of paper making for this entire country. It has 
a capital stock of $40,000,000. When one stops to 
consider that the New York, New Haven and Hart- 
ford railroad, with all its branches, has a smaller capital 
than the paper company, then one gets an idea of the 
size of the corporation. 

This tremendous paper making corporation came in 
sight. The Montague company, making money rapidly 
even with the keenest of competition, desired to keep 
out of the big one and did so as long as it could. But 
there came a time when it was inevitable that it 



should be swallowed by the new corporation. 

Another opportunity came along for W. D. Russell, 
now in the forties of life. Of course he grasped it. 
It was seen by the great men of the gigantic corpora- 
tion that Russell was a man that could not well be dis- 
pensed with. He organized one phase of the business. 
He showed the great corporation which had swallowed 
a tremendous great meal how it was to be digested. 

And now the Sunderland boy that was. is earning a 
salary of $10,000 or $15,000 a year and is rich in 
addition. Still there are no frills about him. 

'74. — H. L. Phelps, recently appointed Deputy 
Sheriff, West Springfield, Mass. 

'77. — D. H. Benson is president of the Standard 
Dry Plate Co. of New Rochelle, N. Y. 

'91. — We are interested to learn of the appoint- 
ment of Dr. E. P. Felt '9 1 as entomologist of the 
empire state and we take pleasure in reproducing 
here.whatthe " Country Gentleman," one of the leading 
agricultural papers of that state has to say of Dr. 

" The Regents of the University of New York 
have appointed Dr. Ephralm Porter Felt, State Ento- 
mologist, a previous appointment made by the governor 
having proved to be without authority In law. We 
give Dr. Felt's portrait herewith, and feel that the 
people of the state are heartily to be congratulated on 
his accession to the place made Illustrious by the 
lamented Lintner. No better successor could have 
been named. 

Dr. Felt was born of American parentage at Salem, 
Mass., Jan. 7, 1868. His earlier years were spent in 
eastern Massachusetts, where he attended the public 
schools and spent about two years In the high school. 
Leaving home at the age of 14, he worked on farms, 
and at 19, with but $25, after purchasing his time, 
started for the Massachusetts Agricultural College. 
Through the kindness of friends and by close attention 
to business, he was able to work his v/ay through 
without Incurring large debt — the last year being spent 
in work at the insectary under Dr. C. H. Fernald. 
Upon the latter's recommendation, after being gradu- 
ated In June, 1891, with the degree of Bachelor of 
Science, he was appointed specialist to the gypsy 
moth commission, and spent the summer in studying 
that dangerous Insect. In the autumn of 1891 he 

entered Cornell University, taking post-graduate work 
with entomology as his major study, and was elected 
to a fellowship the next spring. His course in Cornell \ 
under Prof. Comstock embraced nearly three college 
years. In 1893 he was elected a member of Sigma 
Xi; June, 1894, was awarded the degree of Doctor 
of Science. For tv/o years he taught the natural 
sciences at the Clinton Liberal Institute, Fort Plain, 
N. Y., and was appointed assistant state entomologist 
in the autumn of 1895. ' He has now been engaged 
In entomology to a great extent for over nine years > 
nearly two under Prof. Fernald, three under Prof. 
Comstock, and as long with the late Dr. Lintner. 
During the two years he was teaching, considerable 
time was spent upon his favorite branch. The 10th to 
the 12th reports of the state entomologist were issued 
after his connection with the office, and show to a 
certain extent the character of his work. His prin- 
cipal publications are ; On Certain Grass-Eating 
Insects (Cornell Bulletin 64); the Scorpion- Flies 
(Appendix A of 10th Report, N. Y. State entomologist), 
the Elm-Leaf Beetle (Museum Bulletin 20), and his 
Report for 1898, soon to be issued." 

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But one more issue of the Life will appear before 
the election of the new board of editors. This election 
will be held on March ninth. All articles to count in 
the competition for the board must be received on or 
before that date. Thus far the competition has not 
been satisfactory. It has not been up to previous 
standard. No candidate can feel assured of a place 
upon the new board unless he does some lively work 
in the next three weeks. All competitiors will have a 
fair and equal chance and the new men will be selected 
on the ground of the amount and quality of work done 
and their general fitness for the positions. 

At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Association of American Agricultural Colleges and 
jExperiment Stations held in Washington two weeks 
iago it was voted, first, " To recommend that all Land 
! Grant Colleges observe April fourteenth, next. Senator 
jMorrill's birthday, with appropriate services in his 
Ihonor ; second. To ask President Buckham of the 

University of Vermont to prepare a set of resolutions 
to be presented at their next convention ; third, To 
ask President Atherton of the State College of Penn- 
sylvania to prepare an address on Senator Morrill's 
life-work in the interests of the education of the indus- 
trial classes. This work for popular education, Senator 
Morrill considered as the crowning work of his life. 
The resolutions and address will be presented to the 
association when it meets in Washington next year. 
A committee will soon be appointed from our Faculty 
to s ee what we shall do in observance of the day. 

Under the Morrill Act of 1890 the maintainance 
fund of the Land Grant Colleges was provided for by 
the sale of public lands. Last year an attempt was 
made to push a bill through Congress giving away 
these public lands to anyone who would settle upon 
them. This act if passed would surely be a death- 
stroke to most of the State Colleges established under 
the Morrill Act. It would immediately cut from our 
income some $16,600 dollars. A strong resistance 
was made to the bill last year and it was finally defeated. 



But a bad penny often returns and this year the same 
bill was again introduced by Mr. Pettigrew. Last 
week President Goodell was obliged to go to Washing- 
ton to oppose the bill and the opposition was so strong 
that Mr. Pettigrew has decided not to attempt to push 
the bill further at this session of Congress. It is hoped 
that in the near future a change maybe made so that, 
instead of being dependent upon the sale of lands as 
at present, the funds may be taken from appropriated 
sums in the Treasury. 

The late Professor James Hadley, one of the most 
eminent professor at Yale, was asked, what advice he 
would give to a student who asked him how he could 
learn to write well. His reply was " I should tell him 
to write as well as he can." This reply points out 
clearly the path to success. All arts are acquired by 
practice. We learn to do things by doing them and v/e 
learn to do them easily by doing them often. We learn 
to do them best by doing them many times and each 
time as well as we can. Writing is an art to be acquired 
only by patient practice. No portion of a person's 
education can be of more constant daily utility than 
the ability to give oral or written expressions of thought 
in correct, effective English. To give this ability is 
one of the aims of the English Department. But to 
acquire it requires frequent, patient, earnest practice. 
One of the principle objects of a college paper is to 
stimulate and assist such practice. We do not mean 
that the paper is for the students alone ; it should be 
a bond of union between the past and the present, the 
alumni and the undergraduates. But the establish- 
ment of a college paper creates a responsibility for its 
support which rests largely upon the undergraduate. 
Writing for your paper is then both an opportunity and 
a responsibility. 

For several years past the Seniors have been allowed 
to elect their studies. No restrictions have been 
imposed on this privilege but the result has not been 
all that is desired. Much difficulty has been experi- 
enced in arranging the schedule so as to avoid a con- 
flict in hours. With the best efforts of the schedule 
committee it has been found impossible to arrange 
for some combinations of studies; because it is evident 
that with a given number of professors and a limited 
number of hours only a limited number of combina- 

tions can be made. Furthermore it has been found in 
experience that students too often choose their studies 
rather blindly. There is a committee of the Faculty, 
on Senior studies of which Professor Mills is chairman ; 
but this committee is seldom consulted by the students. 
The result has been that as many as eighteen different 
courses have been elected. Often students have found 
their mistakes onlywhen it has been too late to change. 
Many courses have been selected in which the studies 
have had not the slightest correlation. It is evident 
that in such cases there is a great loss through lack of 
this. Having carefully considered these reasons for a 
change : the inability to arrange the hours and the 
misdirected efforts of many students the Faculty has 
decided to offer elective courses in stead of elective 
studies. To this end eleven' elective courses have 
been prepared for senior year. These courses may be 
found in another column. 


1. Agriculture, Political Economy, Veterinary. 

2. Agriculture, Chemistry, German. 

3. Botany, Chemistry, Veterinary. 

4. Horticulture, Entomology, Agriculture. 

5. Chemistry, Astronomy and Geology, Horticulture. 

6. Entomology, Botany, German. 

7. Political Economy, English, History. 

8. Mathematics, Engineering, Political Economy. 

9. Veterinary, Chemistry, German. 

10. English, Latin, Mathematics. 

11. Botany, Horticulture, English. 


The military ball of eighteen hundred and ninety- 
nine is now a thing of the past ; nothing remains but 
the memory of a delightful time, which lingers as a 
dot along our course of life. What is more enjoyable 
than gliding over the smooth floor with a pretty maiden 
resting on your arm, keeping step to the swing of the 
music ? Few there are who could answer this question 
in the negative, claiming some other enjoyment the 
better ; certainly none of those who attended our last 
ball. And this, perhaps, is the reason for its great 

Never was the old drill-hall more prettily or tastily 
decorated. As last year, the walls garnished with 
swords, bayonets, rifles, and sabres. Red, white and 



blue bunting formed a gorgeous tent overhead and 
colored lights added their bright rays to the splendor 
of the scene. 

i At the lower end of the hall, under the balcony, was 
a corner, prettily arranged with easy chairs, rugs, 
lamps, and palms, where Mrs. Ostrander, Mrs. Lull, 
Mrs. Babson and Mrs. Paige received as patronesses. 
At the upper end was the Philharmonic orchestra of 
Springfield, surrounded by palms and other plants from 
the college plant-house, and on each side, screened 
from the musicians was the charming tete-a-tete. 

Along the sides of the hall the chairs and couches 
were arranged in small alcoves, separated from each 
other by stacked arms. Rugs in profusion added 
to the richness of the effect, which certainly was 

The program consisted of twenty-four members — 
waltzes, two-steps, and five-steps and were very neat 
in themselves. After the twelfth number an intermis- 
sion was given, during which Barr of Northampton 
served refreshments. 

To the committee in charge — composed of Prof. 
Lull, Dr. Paige, Messrs. Merrill, Turner, Maynard, 
Beaman, Hooker, Kellogg, Parmenter, and Canto — 
nothing but praise is due. Theirs was the vbrk and 
theirs should be the credit, for without doubt this was 
the best ball ever given by the college. 

Although the mjlitary_suits,_so conspicuous last year 
were missing, still the full dress gave, perhaps, an even 
more pleasing effect. May it be hoped that all future 
balls given by the college, be as pleasant and success- 
ful as that of eighteen hundred and ninety-nine. 
Among those present were : 

Prof, and Mrs. Babson, Prof, and Mrs. Lull, Prof, 
and Mrs. Ostrander, Dr. and Mrs. Wellington, Dr. and 
Mrs. Goessmann, Dr. and Mrs. Walker, Dr. and Mrs, 
Paige, Prof, and Mrs. Maynard. 

Miss Tufts, Miss Baldwin, and Miss Ellis of Boston, 
Miss French and Miss Smith of Springfield, Miss 
Keyes and Miss Ball of Holyoke, Miss Billings of 
Hatfeld, Miss Sanford of Belchertown, Miss Wood 
and Miss Sinclaire of Worcester, Miss Adler of 
Rochester, Miss Monahan of South Framington, Miss 
Greenough of Deerfield, Miss Kelley of Ware, Miss 
Daniels, Miss Roberts, and Miss Hobart of North 
Amherst, Miss Allen, Miss Gaskell, Miss Maynard, 
Mrs. Haskins, Miss Gilbert, Misses Goesmann, Miss 

Sullivan and Miss Gleason of Amherst, Misses Beaman 
of Leverett. 

Messrs. Whitman, Gamwell, Parmenter, Kinney, 
Maynard, Ball. Dickerman, Graves, Dorman, Gile, 
Smith, Walker, Rice, Root, Merrill, Atkins, G.Stanley, 
Hubbard, Hooker, Harris, Freemen, Haskins, Kellogg, 
Goessmann, Canto, Monahan, Barry, Frost, and 


The first time I ever saw him he v/as standing in 
the doorway of an electric car shouting, " Morning 
papers." He was a ragged little urchin not wholly 
unlike the many thousands who sell papers in our 
great cities; but there was something in his face and 
general appearance that prompted me to look at him 
more closely. His face and hands were clean, and 
apparently an attempt had been made to comb his 
unruly hair, and he walked with so gentlemanly an air 
that I could not help smiling at the incongruity of his 
occupation and his manner. 

He sold one or two papers and was about to jump 
from the car platform when a fire engine came in 
sight carrying with it that excitement which always 
accompanies the prospect of a tire. He hesitated a 
moment, then turned and shouted back into the car, 
" Morning papers ; full account of the big fire ; morn- 
ing papers." Every one in the crowded car saw the 
genuineness of his wit, and many were the smiling 
faces that were turned to look at the grinning newsboy. 
An elderly gentleman sitting near the door called 
out, " Come sonny, I guess I'll take a paper and read 
about that big fire. Give me a Herald." Nor was 
he the only one to show his generous appreciation of 
the boy's wit. Many were the hands that went deep 
into capacious pockets to bring out the two pennies 
necessary for the purchase of a paper. 

My business was such at that time that I had 
occasion to ride over the same road every morning 
and evening, so that I saw the newsboy very often. 
Sometimes if his business was not pressing and we 
were riding in an open car, or in a closed car that 
was not crowded, I would ask him a few questions 
concerning himself and his family. I learned from him 
that which 1 had heard so many times before ; the 
curse of drink was the reason why he had to sell 
papers. " Father," said he to me one day, " is good 



to us except when he's drunk, — then he's awful. 
But mother, she can handle him though, for she's big 
and strong. I go out most always when he comes 
home drunk, and take my sister along with me. Ma 
earns a good deal house-cleaning and the like, so with 
my money we gets along pretty well — most times." 

We kept up our friendship and occasional chats for 
about two years. In that time he had become a 
strong little fellow of fifteen, too old, as he confided 
to me one day, to be a paper-boy any longer. He 
told me also that he was going to try to get a position 
as office-boy somewhere, and so, when two weeks 
later I missed him for several days, ! naturally supposed 
that he had gone out of the news-boy business, and 
had succeeded in obtaining a position. My curiosity 
as to his whereabouts began to get the better of me 
especially since I had heard of a position that I 
believed he could fill. I began to make inquiries. 
You can, perhaps, imagine my surprise when 1 learned 
that he was in a hospital suffering from severe injuries ; 
but you can also imagine my joy when 1 learned that 
those injuries were received while saving a child from 
sure death. 

It seems, that while he was going early one morn- 
ing in answer to an advertisement for an office-boy of 
which he had read, and while the car was going at 
full speed down Blank Street, a little boy about five 
years old ran onto the car track and stood back to 
only a few yards in front of the car. The motorman 
yelled, but the little fellow was so intently watching 
something that he did not hear. Fortunately my 
young friend was seated on the front seat of the car. 
Seeing the danger he jumped onto the fender, and 
holding on by one hand he reached out and grabbed 
the child ; but as he did so he lost his balance and 
fell. His presence of mind still served him so well 
that he succeeded in actually throwing the child out of 
harm. He himself was picked up a few minutes later 
senseless and crushed. 

He afterwards, when I called on him at the hospital, 
said to me in telling the story, " Mister, when I saw 
the little feller standing there in the track and we 
going at him. It seemed as if 1 couldn't move and I 
closed my eyes so as not to see us hit him. But 
something came over me all of a sudden and I felt as 
strong as a man and 1 just did what someone else 
made me do." 

What his future may be we can not tell, but if that 
same quickness of thought befriends him in the future 
as it did when he was a newsboy and again when he 
was on the electric car, we can not expect from him 
anything else but success. To-day he is doing well in 
a responsible position secured for him by the father of 
the boy whom he saved. He still has in his left leg a 
very noticeable limp which he will probably carry to 
his grave. 


" Have ye jest come to town? Ah, I thought so ; 
can alius tell you city chaps. Come to stay awhile ? 
Yes, thet's right. No, there's nothin' much goin' on 
jest now ; 'bout all the diversion ye can git is gossipen' 
'bout yer neighbors. 

" See thet tall, stoop-shouldered, down in the mouth 
sort o' a man jest leavin' the store? Ye'd never 
think thet feller was a likely looken' chap in his youth. 
Love did it. Ye see when he was jest old enough to 
vote, he got mashed on Ida Hesshing, and to all ap- 
pearances she was stuck on him. But up steps 
Frank's college bred cousin, Bill Weston, and cuts 
him out. Thet upset Frank Avery so much thet he 
didn't even attend the weddin', and all his former 
gumption clean left him ; and now the height of his 
ambition seems ter be to go off an' die like a sick cat. 
Why, he's so indifferent thet when his rich uncle died 
a little while ago, and, contrary to everyone's way of 
thinken', left all the property to Bill, Frank didn't seem 
to care a bit. Mr. and Mrs. Weston heve jest moved 
into the house left to 'em by old Major Marston. They 
say Bill don't make Ida as good a husband as he'd a 
beau. Like ter see the place ? Well jest foUer yer 
nose fer 'bout a mile down thet road ; look to the 
right, an' you can't help seein' it." Thus saying, the 
town oracle closed his jaws over the stem of his pipe 
and relapsed into silence. 

All the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Weston had called 
at their new house and offered aid and advice. Even 
Frank Avery called, much to everyone's surprise, and 
Bill Weston's discomfort. As Frank approached the 
old homestead, the peculiar scenery threw him into a 
reverie, and he went into the house through the un- 
latched hall door, without thinking of announcing his 
presence. He entered the room that was formerly 
his uncle's den, still in a state of abstraction ; but was 



brought to himself by the sight of his cousin talking 
some neatly folded paper from his uncle's private 
desk and crumpling it up. Frank's attention was not 
so much attracted by this not unusual act, as by the 
guilty manner in which his cousin did it. Bill carried 
the crushed paper to the fire-place, and before casting 
it into the flames, looked around as if afraid of being 
seen. Frank's presence startled him so that he drop- 
ped the paper in his confusion. Quickly recovering 
his composure, he greeted his cousin : " By Jove, 
Frank, you startled me ; when did you come ? How 
long have you been here ? " 

Frank did not commit himself; he simply said that 
he had just arrived. Bill gave an audible sigh of re- 
lief, and started to talk lightly about commonplace 
subjects; all the time, however, the paper on the floor 
seemed to worry him ; yet he seemed afraid to pick it 
up for fear of attracting Frank's attention. Finally he 
remarked, " My, but it's untidy in this room, I'll get 
one of the servants to clear it up a bit. Hump ! the 
bell is out of order ; if you'll excuse me, I'll go and 
call one myself." With these words he left the room. 
Hardly had he disappeared when Frank stealthily got 
some crumpled paper from a nearby waste-basket, ex- 
changed it for that on the floor and put the paper 
dropped by Bill into his pocket. Soon Mr. Weston 
returned, followed by a maid who began to set the 
room to rights. The cousins talked awhile longer, 
then Bill remarked casually, " Pick up that paper, 
Mary, it looks untidy. Yes. throw it into the fire." 
With unnatural intentness Bill watched it curl and 
writhe in the flames until only a few black ashes re- 
mained. He then conversed with less restraint, as 
though some burden were off his mind. To Frank's 
inquiry concerning Ida, he replied, " She's not very 
well to-day ; sort of melancholy and all that. Just as 
we have moved into our new quarters, too ; why can't 
people get sick when there's no necessity for them to 
be well?" • 

Frank was eager to leave and Bill did not urge him 
to stay ; so he was soon in his small hut with the 
crumpled paper smoothed out before him. Quickly 
glancing over the formal titles of the legal document, as 
it proved to be, he perused very carefully the follow- 
ing: " For reasons known only to two persons, 1, 
Major James Ronald Marston, do hereby bequeath to 
Frank Avery, my nephew, all my property, both per- 

sonal and landed ; to wit : My property in and about 
the town of Marstonville, including my residence called 
Marstonmount ; also fifty thousand dollars in mort- 
gages, elsewhere itemized, and twenty-seven thousand 
dollars in government bonds." Without reading the 
detailed list of the bequeathed property, Frank natu- 
rally looked at the date: "August 29th, 1895." 
" Hump, a year after the other will which left the 
property to my cousin Bill. So the reason why uncle 
changed the will is known only to two persons ? It's 
true only two persons know it now — William Weston 
and Frank Avery. Even Bill doesn't know 1 laid the 
trap that caught him stealing the first will. After find- 
ing it in his favor he was returning it when he was dis- 
covered. — hov/ strange it must have seemed to Bill 
that his uncle happened to be looking for the will at 
that very moment. And now Bill has tried to make 
away with this will also. Well, it's my turn now, I hold 
the trump cards; how shall I play them ?" 

The inquisitive of Marstonville had not had material 
enough to satisfy their curiosity for a long while ; now, 
however, Frank Avery's changed habits set ' their 
tongues wagging at more than normal speed. They 
saw him no longer lounging about the town stores, and 
the belated often reported meeting him on some 
lonely road either looking at the stars and moon or 
gazing with head upon his chest at the ground as he 
paced restlessly by. Yet he was just as taciturn as 
ever and even more reserved concerning his own 
affairs ; to their impertinent questions he now answered 
with asperity, instead of maintaining a stupid silence. 
Surely some momentous question was weighing heav- 
ily upon his mind. And when the " Oracle " reported 
that he overheard Avery mutter, '• What shall I do, or 
shall I do nothing," the gossips were all the more de- 
termined to fathom the mystery. 

While Frank Avery was taking one of his now cus- 
tomary strolls on a calm, serene evening of spring, his 
indecision concerning the one subject that filled his 
soul found vent in a monologue address to no one 
save the night whose loneliness seemed a bond of sym- 
pathy between them. " Why should that scoundrel's 
perfidity remain a secret ? Why should he live in 
ease and luxury upon the property that should be 
mine,- — yes, that is mine? People should not be ig- 
norant of the true character of this man who, as chief 




citizen of the town, exerts so much infuence over them. 
It's a duty I owe to society to paint this man in his 
true colors. Then why don't I bring him to justice ; 
why haven't I already done it? Ida I My God, I 
couldn't look her in the face after such an act ! But 
what do I care for her, what is she to me now ? Ah, 
old remembrances are not so soon forgotten. 

" Before this serpent crept between our mutual love 
all went well. I can remember distinctly the sum- 
mer vacation my cousin spent at our uncle's, after 
graduating from college. Time hung heavily on his 
hands, and so he entertained himself by paying atten- 
tion to Ida. This he enjoyed the more because Ida 
was good-looking, and especially, I imagine, because 
he saw how he tortured me. It was after the Major 
happened to say to him that he was very well pleased 
with the engagement of Ida and me, also that he in- 
tended to fix us comfortably in life, that Bill resolved 
to cut me out and to marry Ida himself. I can see 
now how systematically he undertook and carried out 
his plan. He commenced entertaining her by describ- 
ing the latest operas, the city sights, customs and 
society, and in fact talkingabout everything that would 
be of interest to a girl, and especially a country girl. 
He even touched upon moral and spiritual matters, 
and with such deftness that he voiced her own latent 
ideas. Now it would be strange if such a clever 
scoundrel couldn't divert Ida's thoughts somewhat 
from me to the intensely entertaining things he talked 
so well about. And that's just what happened ; her 
love for me gradually cooled ; then she became indif- 
ferent as time wore on, and my persistant efforts to 
monopolize her society annoyed her. Being so much 
in Bill's company Ida naturally became interested in 
the man. Whether he loved her then, or does now, 
is a question to my mind. They were married as 
soon after our engagement was broken as decency 
would allow, and then it was that Uncle James made 
the will that is in Bill's favor. About this time, also, 
my cousin tried to steal the will, and as a result our 
uncle made the one that is now in my possession. 

"According to divine doctrine, all are eventually 
punished for their transgressions ; human laws try to 
bring to justice those that commit crimes. Now, if 
I divulge this rascal's guilt and let civil law deal with 
him, will I be forestalling divine justice, or will I be an 
instrument of justice, both human and divine ? " 

Thus between Scyla and Charybdis Frank wavered. 
His present position was intolerable, he felt as if he 
could not remain silent ; yet he had not the fortitude 
or the indifference to cause the gossip, confusion and 
grief that must surely result if he disclosed his secret. 
In all his thoughts Ida was present, it was for Ida's 
grief he felt, the shame would surely crush her ; as 
for Weston, he cared not a jot. 

Unconsciously he wandered toward the house in 
which Ida was. He walked up to the gate, and lean- 
ing heavily against it, he gazed at the somber mansion. 
From a window of a second story room a light faintly 

"That must be her room," he thought, "for it is 
the best room in the house, and the best is hardly 
good enough for Ida." 

The proximity of his former sweetheart carried 
Avery back to the days when they loved unmolested. 
Trivial happenings loomed up in his mind ; their con- 
versation on a certain sleigh-ride he remembered 
almost verbatim; he saw her as she appeared at the 
first ball he escorted her to, he remembered her fas- 
cinating smile. What good times those were I 

Suddenly the window is lost to view and instantly 
becomes illumined by an intense light from within the 
room. A scream pierces the stillness of the night ; 
another and another scream of abject terror. " Ida," 
gasps Frank. Vaulting the gate he was up the drive 
to the house, shouting, " Fire ! fire ! " Frantically he 
wrenches the door free from its rusty lock, bursts into 
the hall not even stopping to question his cousin, who 
is working at his safe in miserly haste, he bounds up 
the stairs and gropes through the smoke-filled corri- 
dor. No need to hesitate ; in front is a fierce glow, 
he hears the flames cracking and hissing as they 
fiendishly lick the dry, well seasoned wood work of 
Ida's room. With the vigor born of rage and despair 
he throws himself against the half burned door. It 
yields, together door and man fall into the furnace. 

As William Weston and half the town people were 
rummaging in the ruins of the Marston family's an- 
cestral home, they came upon the charred remains 
of two bodies. When the debris had been removed, 
they saw that the corpses were firmly clasped in each 
other's embrace. The silence of awe fell upon the 
multitude. None spoke ; for once words failed the 
town oracle. Quietly they went away and left William 
Weston gazing in gloomy loneliness at the reunited 
lovers. L. C. Claflin. 




Some few days ago I received a bit of information 
which I think would have baffled all attempts to obtain 
it in a more scientific manner. My source was 
rather an unusual one, perhaps not very trustworthy, 
but I will leave it to one of our learned Professors if, 
of all the knowledge we have of the matter, this is not 
the most reliable. 

It was rather late in the evening as I was dozing on 
my couch, that the lights disappeared without a flicker 
and left the room in total darkness. For some time 
I did not move except to button my coat, for the room 
was rather chilly. 

Suddenly a queer chill came over me — I say queer 
to distinguish it from the ordinary South College chills 
— and springing from my couch I confronted a naked 
bony spectre, visible in the dark room by its phosphor- 
escence. Falling back on the couch, I gazed at this 
fearful apparition, trembling and unable to remove my 

Calmly drawing a chair close beside me it seated 
itself and commenced to. jabber in French — a language 
with which I am not very familiar. My fear finally 
subsided somewhat so that 1 was able to understand 
part of the words which came from the bony jaws. 
From what I understood I obtained^ as I believe, the 
outline of the life of the unfortunate being whose only 
remains can be seen in the college museum. 

It was the story of Madelon Damocles, a French 
heiress, who had mysteriously disappeared some fifteen 
years ago. She was the only daughter of M. Damo- 
cles, a retired banker who owned large estates in Paris 
and vicinity. A distant relative of Madelon's, a man 
of uncertain character, was an unsuccessful suitor for 
her hand, and sought revenge for thus being hindered 
in his pretensions. In this part of the story the words 
came too fast for my scanty knowledge of French to 
interpret, and I obtained only a few of the closing 

* * * A few weeks later she disappeared and 
no trace was ever discovered of her fate, so carefully 
was her body smuggled from the country. 

As I was gazing, listening intently to every sound, 
the vision changed and I beheld the form of a beauti- 
ful young lady, richly attired, rise and glide from the 

As she disappeared, I awoke, exultant over the 

thought that I had unintentionally learned the secret 
of Maud's life. If what 1 learned from the Index is 
true, I am not quite sure but that my experience will 
be envied by interested persons. M. 


One of the departments of the college which is 
not perhaps so well-known to the students as its work 
merits, is the Dairy School connected with the short 
winter course. It has been established but three 
years and has received no especial encouragement. 
Yet even under these circumstances it has proved 
itself both interesting and instructive. Its aim is to 
show in operation the processes of a first-class dairy. 
To do this it assumes the form of a miniature cream- 
ery, with the students as workmen. 

The school is held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 
Friday afternoons and Saturday morning, and the 
north wing of the barn is fitted up especially for this 
purpose. As we enter the milk-room up-stairs, we 
first notice a number of students, wearing the regula- 
tion suit of white, busily at work weighing the milk 
for the day. About 800 pounds are made into butter 
daily, and is supplied from the college barn, Hatch 
barn, and one or two outside sources. 

In a few moments we hear the hum of the separa- 
tors down stairs, and hastening down we find them 
well under way. It is always a fascinating sight to 
watch the stream of cream and skimmed milk flow- 
ing from the rapidly revolving bowls. The instructor, 
Mr. O. H. Leach, a graduate of the dairy course in 
1897, tells us that the machinery inside runs faster 
than any other made. The bowls actually traverse a 
distance of nearly two miles a minute. It seems a 
mysterious process, till the principle of centrifugal 
force is understood, and two hundred years ago would 
have been looked upon as witchcraft. Usually two of 
the many styles of machines at hand are used each 
day, and they seldom need to run more than an hour. 

Meanwhile, another division, under Prof. Eckels of 
the Iowa State college, has been churning the cream 
separated the day before. A mass of butter now lies 
on the working-table, ready to be put up in prints and 
boxes for sale. The " M. A. C." on a package is a 
guarantee of good quality, and there is always a brisk 

The third department is directed by Prof. Cooley, 



who also has general charge of the whole. His work 
includes practical testing of milk and its products by 
means of the Babcock Test and the lactometer. The 
Babcock Test is of scarcely less interest than the sep- 
arator, and does its work on the same principle of 
centrifugal force. 

There are now fourteen students in the school, nine 
from the winter course men, and five from the four- 
years course. In order that all may understand each 
machine, there are three divisions which do the work 
of the three departments on successive days. An 
individual, written report is made at the close of each 
day's work, and prizes of $50 and $25 await those 
members of the short course who do the best work 
along this line. 

On Feb. 23, a creamery convention will be held at 
the school, for the purpose of stimulating interest in 
dairy work. Prof. Eckels and Mr. White of Boston 
will deliver addresses and an attractive feature will be 
the exhibition of various specimens of butter, among 
others some foreign samples loaned for the occasion 
by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. 

The Dairy School has already proved itself a posi- 
tive influence. In many states it holds a more prom- 
inent position than it does here, but to everyone inter- 
ested in dairying it seems indispensable. Even to 
those who may not be intending to take up that work, 
it gives a thorough training in the handling of rather 
complex machinery, and in the methods of managing 
a successful business, that cannot but be useful in any 
pursuit. H. L. K. 


Sophomores, 13; Orphans, 8. 

The Orphans and Sophomores played their second 
game in the interclass series Wednesday, Feb. 8, and 
the game resulted in the above score. It was a very 
loosely played game and owing to the slippery condi- 
tion of the floor good playing was impossible. The 
playing of Ahearn and Crowell were the features. 
Summary : 

Score, 13-7 ; Referee, James ; Umpires, Cole and 
Cook ; Timekeeper, Wilson ; Goals from fouls ; Ahearn 
Crowell, Halligan ; Goals from field, Dorman 2, 
Whitman 2, Ahearn 2, Halligan, Crowell, Turner. 
Time, 20 m, halves. 

folle^^ ^otfs. 

—Basket Ball ! 

— Prof. Fernald recently made a trip to Boston. 
— Dr. Goessmann expects to spend next year 

• — C. L. Rice '01 spent last Sunday at his home in 

— President Goodell recently made a short trip to 

— The dancing clals will meet at the drill hall next 
Friday evening. 

— Prof. S. T. Maynard has been sick with the grip 
for the past week. 

— Prof. George F. Mills delivered a lecture in 
Ware last evening. 

— W. B. Rodgers '01 has just recovered from a 
severe attack of the grip. 

— The condition examination in Trigonometry was 
held last Friday afternoon. 

— The College Shakespearean club was recently 
photographed by J. L. Lovell. 

— A flash light picture of the interior of the Drill 
Hall was taken on the evening of the Promenade. 

— Do not be over confident about the weather. 
There is still time for an other old fashioned blizzard. 

■ — The annual Junior Promenade of Amherst col- 
lege was held in the Pratt gymnasium last Friday 
evening ; 

— The senior division in Political Economy is tak- 
ing a new course of lectures on " Banking and 

— The " Commencement March " which was 
played at the Military Promenade was composed by 
Prof. Babson. 

— A son was recently born to Prof. Philip B. Has- 
brouck. The Life begs to present its congratulations 
to the Professor. 

^The Leon W. Washburn's big double minstrels 
will appear in the Amherst Opera House, Tuesday 
evening, Feb. 21. 

— The students should remember to be as quiet as 
possible in the Drill Hall, on the evenings when the 
dancing class is held. 


— Prof, and' Mrs. S. T. Maynard entertained the 
" Young Peoples' Guild " of the Unity church, in their 
parlors last Saturday evening. 

— B. H. Smith '99 has been elected president of 
the Natural History Association in place of W. E. 
Hinds who has resigned the position. 

— Among the list of brevet nominations recently 
made up by Pres't McKinley. was the name of Wal- 
ter M. Dickinson to be major by brevet. 

— Mr. James Draper,one of the trustees of the Col- 
lege who has been seriously ill at his home in Wor- 
cester, has nearly recovered from his illness. 

■ — Dr. Charles S. Walker has been re-appointed a 
member of the council of the American Economic 
Association, his term to end in the year 1901. 

—Dr. and Mrs. Charles H. Fernald entertained 
the members of the Epworth League of the Metho- 
dist church, in their parlors Monday evening, Feb. 16. 

— At the annual meeting of the public library asso- 
ciation recently held in town, Pres't Goodell and 
Prof. Mills were appointed to serve on the board of 

— At a recent meeting of the Holyoke Horticul- 
tural society, Mr. A. S. Kinney, a graduate of the 
College in the class of '96, read a paper on " Plant 

— The senior division in Agriculture recently par- 
took of a complementary dinner through the kindness 
of the head of that department. All report a royal 
good time. 

— The Military Promenade has been a decided 
success. We hope that a precedent has been 
strongly established for the continuance of this event 
in future years. 

— The next entertainment in the Union Lecture 
course will be given this evening by Prof. Grosvenor 
of Amherst college, who will speak on " The Evolution 
of the Spaniard." 

— The temperature in Cuba is about the same as 
it is in this region in July. Perhaps some of the stu- 
dents would like to exchange places with H. A. Paul, 
who is now at Mantanzas. 

— Dr. Stone was recently serenaded by some of 
the students of a musical inclination, but the Profes- 
sor was equal to the occasion and satisfied the desires 
of the students in a fitting manner. 

— Dr. C. S. Walker spoke at. the recent meeting 
of the Hampshire County Pomona Grange, held last 
Thursday, at Eastham.pton. He took for his subject, 
" Our Duty to our New Possessions." 

— R. E. Kimball, who entered College with the 
class of '02, recently spent a few days at the College. 
Mr. Kimball is at present a freshman in the Massa- 
chusetts Institute of Technology at Boston. 

— At a recent meeting of the Union Institute of 
Hampshire County and Franklin County Agricultural 
societies held in Sunderland. Dr. J. B. Lindsey spoke 
on " Summer and Winter Care of Dairy Cows." 

— Those students, if there are any, who are intend- 
ing to try for positions on the Life board, should 
make an effort immediately, as there is only a short 
time left before the election of the new board of 

— At the recent meeting of the Massachusetts 
Agricultural College Alumni club, held in Boston, S. 
C. Damon was elected president and J. M. Barry 
secretary. Mr. R. D. Mcintosh was elected 

— The Chemical Club is holding an interesting series 
of meetings this winter. The organization not only 
tends to promote interest in science among its mem- 
bers, but also after the discussion of the evening is 
over, it affords a pleasant social gathering. 

— Dr. Goessmann will speak at an institute meet- 
ing of the Worcester South Agricultural Society, held 
at West Brookfield, Feb. I8,the subject being; " The 
position of commercial fertilizers as a source of plant 
food in a rational and economical system of raising 
farm and garden crops." 

— On Friday. Feb. 18, members of the senior class 
will debate upon the proposition, " A protective tar- 
iff is a national benefit." H. W. Dana and W. E. 
Hinds will support the affirmative while W. A. 
Hooker and G. C. Hubbard will speak for the nega- 
tive side of the question. 

— The special class in Chemistry meets every 
Wednesday afternoon with a good attendance from all 
classes. The topic " Chemical Bibliography " has 
been treated at the last two meetings. The class has 
met in the library and its members are now much 
better equipped in regard to consulting references than 



— For the last week it has been a very noticeable 
fact that a large number of students have been con- 
tinually late to chapel exercises in the morning. 
Carelessness is probably the chief reason for their 
tardiness and if the students would only start a few 
moments earlier, the matter would be remedied. 

— The programme of the Hampshire County 
Pomona Grange has just been issued. Among the 
list of speakers are. Dr. C. H. Fernald v/ho will speak 
at the meeting held in Amherst, on " How to protect 
our trees from their insect enemies," and Dr. J. B. 
Paige who will speak at the meeting which will be 
held in South Hadley on " Our invisable friends and 

— Although we do not have facilities for many 
kinds of indoor athletics, yet it may be safely said 
that we have facilities for indoor base ball practice. 
The drill hall is very commodious and a large number 
of men can have opportunity to practice there. The 
base ball practice should commence at once to give 
all those trying for the varsity a chance to obtain the 
best results. 

• — The announcement has been made of the mar- 
riage of Dr. George E. Stone and Miss May Clark of 
this town. The marriage took place Friday morning, 
Jan. 28 at the home of the bride. Rev. Milton Waldo, 
officiating. Dr. Stone is one of the most popular pro- 
fessors at the College and all the students wish him 
success and happiness in the future. Dr. and Mrs. 
Stone will be at home after March 15, at their home 
on Mt. Pleasant. 

— President Goodell has recently secured a valua- 
'ble relic of the Spanish-American war, which because 
of its associations, will be of especial interest to mem- 
bers of the College. The relic is in the form of a 
square block of reddish colored wood which was origi- 
nally a part of the block house at " El Caney," in the 
storming of which Capt. Walter Dickinson lost his 
life. The block is of a peculiar kind of wood very 
solid and extremely heavy and especially adapted for 
the purpose of defense, for which it served. Lieut. 
Colonel Wright made a trip to El Caney on purpose 
to secure this relic and President Goodell received it 
a short time ago. The block will be divided, one half 
to be presented to the family of Capt. Dickinson and 
the other half to be placed in the College library 
where it may be seen at any time. 

— Mr. Warren Judd, son of selectman Judd of 
South Hadley Falls, a short time ago met with an 
accident which is liable to prove serious. V/hile 
attending this College a few years ago he had such 
trouble with one of his eyes that he was forced to 
undergo an operation for its removal, which finally 
compelled him to leave his studies at this institution. 
A few days ago Mr. Judd attended a fire in the vicin- 
ity of his home, and while watching the conflagration 
a piece of glass from the burning building entered his 
uninjured eye. After a close examination of the 
wounded member, the attending physician announced 
that there was little hope that the young man would 
recover his sight. 

— The committee on Agriculture of the Legislature, 
recently gave a hearing on the hill presented by Rep- 
resentative Fisher, appropriating $10,000 for an 
annual maintenance fund to the College. Pres't 
Goodell, Secretary Sessions of the State Board of 
Agriculture and representatives from the Nev/ York 
and Boston Alumni associations, as well as many 
friends and graduates of the College spoke in behalf 
of the M. A. C. and considerable pressure was brought 
to bear upon the case of the College. This bill is of 
especial importance to the College as there has been 
a deficit of a certain amount in the College treasury, 
which would be eradicated by the establishment of 
this maintenance fund. 

— At the session of the Chemical Club, held on the 
evening of February 6th, Messrs. Pingree and B. H. 
Smith '99, jointly read a paper on the •' Use of the 
Polariscope in the quantitative estimation of sugars.' 
The subject was presented in a clear and efficien' 
manner, and was listened to with much interest bj 
the twenty men present. At the meetings of this 
club, the presentation of similar subjects by students 
as well as by more advanced men. is encouraged 
and these meetings offer opportunities for the acquin 
ing of a knov.'ledge of the practical side of chemica 
operations. The subsequent social part of the enteil 
tainment, re-enforced with gastronomic felicities c 
changing variety, offers a means for digesting th 
more valuable and intellectual food which does nc 
accompany the ordinary College exercise. It is hopei 
that this means for increasing the opportunities fo 
study may prove to be of value to the students. 






'81. — The news was recently received in Amherst 
of the death by suicide of Henry H. Wilcox '81, at 
Honolulu, H. I. For several years previous to Jan. 
11, he had been suffering from neuralgia and insomnia, 
on which day, in a temporary fit of insanity, he com- 
mitted the act with a revolver. Mr. Wilcox made 
many friends in Amherst while in college and since 
leaving has been a very successful business man, 
being reported to be worth $80,000. 

'86. — Dr. G E. Stone was married on Friday, Jan. 
27, to Miss Mary Edwards Clark, at Amherst ; at 
home to friends after March 15. 

'87. — F. B. Carpenter is chief chemist for the Vir- 
ginia-Carolina Chemical Co. at Richmond. Va. 

'88. — W. A. Parsons. The following is an account 
taken from the Springfield Union of Dec. 15, last: 

" There was a pretty " carnation " wedding at noon 
yesterday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Swazey 
on High street, when Mrs. Swazey's niece. Miss Mar- 
tina Annie Way, and Wilfred Atherton Parsons were 
united in marriage, Mr. Parsons is the youngest son 
of the late Isaac Parsons, and is one of Southamp- 
ton's most popular young men. He attended Willis- 
ton seminary for two years and was graduated from 
Amherst Agricultural College in the class of '88. The 
bride came to this town about four years ago from 
Portland, Me. and has won many friends here, who 
extend to her their heartiest congratulations at this 

The ceremony, which was a ring service, was per- 
formed by Rev. John Cowan in the presence of rela- 
tives and a few intimate friends. The rooms were 
prettily decorated with carnations, and the bridal 
couple, who were unattended, stood against a hand- 
some panel of ground pine, in which were the initials 
" P. W." The bride was prettily attired in white mull 
and carried bride roses. Many handsome and valua- 
ble gifts were presented. 

Refreshments were served by Barr of Springfield. 
Mr. and Mrs. Parsons left on the 2-20 train for a 
short wedding trip and upon their return will begin 
housekeeping, their home being now in readiness." 

'89. — James R. Blair, chemist with C. Brigham 
Co., milk contractors, 158 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, 

'91. — A. G. Eames is reporter for the Boston 

'92. — G. E. Taylor '92 was in town last week and 
called on old friends at college. 

'92. — H. F. Stone ex-'92, has just accepted an 
appointment as professor in Columbia Law School of 
New York City. 

'93. — E. H. Lehnert, D. V. S. is practicing at 86 
Church St., Clinton, Mass. 

'93. — S. E. Barrus ex-'93, died Jan. 3, 18?9, of 
diabetis at Goshen. 

'94. — F. Fayette Keith is traveling salesman for a 
firm in Boston. Address at 25 Congress St., Room 5. 

'94. — C. H. Barton, ex-'94, is president and treas- 
urer of the C. M. Clapp Shoe Co., Buffalo, N. Y. 

'94 — F. 1. Parker, ex-'94, is first salesman for the 
C. M. Clapp Shoe Co., Buffalo, N. Y. 

'95. — D. C. Potter is superintendent of an estate of 
A. A. Pope at Farmington, Conn. 

'95. — E. A. White is assistant superintendent of an 
estate at Farmington, Conn. 

'96. — H. H. Roper and A. B. Cook were in town 
last week. 

'96. — F. B. Shaw is train dispatcher and telegraph 
operator at North Cambridge, Mass. 

'96. — A. C. Crook who entered with the short 
course in the class of '96 died Dec. 19 of heart 
failure at Portland, Me. 

'96. — F. E. DeLuce has been mustered out of 
service and has returned to his old post in New York 

'96. — W. B. Harper, who at the commencement 
of the late war joined the 2d Regiment Virginia Vol- 
unteers thereby giving up his studies at the Polytech- 
nic Institute at Blacksburg, Va., was recently mustered 
out and has returned to his studies at Blacksburg. 

'98.— R. D. Warden, address' at 256 A 9th St., 
Jersey City, N. J. 




Prof. L H. Bailey of Cornell University has writ- 
ten a book entitled The Principles of Agriculture vfhich 
is a valuable addition to our agricultural treatises. 
The author states that to the scientist, agriculture has 
been largely an application of the teachings of agri- 
cultural chemistry ; to the stockman, it is chiefly the 
raising of animals; to the horticulturist it may be 
fruit growing. The fact is, however, that agriculture 
is pursued primarily for the gaining of a livelihood, not 
for the extention of knowledge ; it is therefore, a busi- 
ness, not a science. But at every point a knowledge 
of science aids the business. It is on the science 
side that the experimenter is able to help the farmer. 
On the business side the farmer must rely on himself ; 
for the person who is not a good business man cannot 
be a good farmer, however much he may know of 

Organic Chemistry, by John Wade, B. S. This 
book is to a large extent parallel in sequence with the 
historical development of the subject, with the names 
of investigators and dates of their discoveries intro- 
duced wherever practicable. 

The Last Link, by Ernest Haeckel. This work gives 
this distinguished scientist's ideas on evolution and 
will be found of especial interest to the class in 

A World of Green Hills, by Bradford Torrey. 
Observations of nature and human nature in the Blue 
Ridge of North Carolina and Virginia. 

A Lover of Truth, by Eliza Orne White. An 
extremely interesting story. 



It is the last appeal to man — 
Voice crying since the world began ; 
Cry of the ideal — cry 
To aspirations that would die. 
The last appeal ! In it is heard 
The pathos of the final word. 

Voice tender and heroical — 
Imperious voice that knoweth well, 
To wreck the reasonings of years, 
To strengthen rebel hearts with tears. 

I was sitting in my study 

On a July morning bright, 

When a bed of blooming pansies 
In the garden caught my sight. 

As I saw them through the window. 
With sweet faces wet with dew. 
With a soft voice each was saying, . 
" Tender thoughts I bring to you." 

There were blue, and gold, and purple, 
Black, and bronze, and pearly white. 
With their ctlrious little faces 
Turned with smiles to greet the light. 

As I paused and looked upon them. 
Every pansy had a voice. 
And was preaching me a sermon. 
From the text " I say rejoice." 

And they said " Be strong and cheerful ; 
Trust in God and do the right ; 
Catch the sunshine God is scattering ; 
Keep your soul turned towards the light." 

Rev. J. D. LeGrow. — Ex. 

Freshman : Something green, but if fertilized w» 
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The Life is glad to announce that the college will 
shortly be presented with a large oil painting of the 
late President Clark. This painting is a gift of the 
family of President Clark and has been tendered the 
college through the kindness of Mr. Atherton Clark of 
Newton, Mass., a member of the class of 77. Pres- 
ident Clark was held in high esteem by all who knew 
him, and the gift will be greatly appreciated by the 
whole college. 

The Maintainance bill, providing for an annual 
maintainance fund of $10,000 for the support of this 
College, has been favorably reported by the commit- 
tee on Agriculture and has been passed on to the 
Ways and Means committee. Should this latter 
committee also be favorably impressed with it, it will 
be sent to the Legislature and will, in all probability, 
become a law. The importance of this maintainance 
fund to our College can scarcely be over-estimated. 
It Is simply a question of whether we are to keep up 

in the front ranks of modern science and investiga- 
tion, or whether we are to drop back into a third or 
fourth class institution. No man in his senses can be 
long- in deciding the pi'oper course to be followed. 

At the last alumni dinner a few weeks ago, our 
representative complained to the assembled graduates 
of the lack of interest taken by them in the Life, the 
representative paper of their Alma Mater. At this 
date of going to press we are happy to say that we 
have received a few contributions from our honored 
alumni and are confidently and expectantly on the 
lookout for more. Maintaining the high standard of 
a college paper is no easy task and the difficulty is 
increased when both alumni and students make little 
effort to help it along. The alumni have no idea how 
their assistance aids to keep up the tone of the paper. 
There are many incidents occurring in the lives of 
our alumni which if written up, would relieve some of 
the burden of the editors and greatly benefit our 
readers. It is our hope that we may receive more of 
these contributions in the future. 



At the last Faculty meeting a committee consisting 
of Dr. C. S. Walker. Dr. C. Wellington and Professor 
H. Babson was appointed to consider the advisability 
of holding special memorial exercises on April four- 
teenth in memory of the late Justin S. Morrill, United 
States Senator from Vermont. The recommenda- 
tions of the committee will be considered at the next 
Faculty meeting. The committee recommends that 
on Friday, April fourteenth all regular college exer- 
cises be suspended from 10-15 a. m. to 12-15. That 
from 10-30 to 12 exercises appropriate to the occasion 
be held in the Chapel. President Goodell will preside 
and give some personal reminiscences of Senator 
Morrill. It is probable that there will be several other 
speakers. These will be announced later. With the 
exception of these two hours in the morning other 
college exercises will be held the same as usual. 

In the February number of the IntercoUegian 
Timothy Dwight D. D., LL. D., who recently resigned 
from the presidency of Yale University, writes to the 
students of the country upon the Formative Influences 
in College Life Apart from the Curriculum. It is an 
article which every college student and especially 
those who are about to enter college would do well to 
read and consider. The great majority of students 
enter college with no well defined ideas of the oppor- 
tunities that are open before them for intellectual and 
moral culture aside from the regular curriculum, of 
the many and varied influences for good or bad to 
which he is necessarily subject, or of the new and great 
responsibilities which come to him in this new 
sphere of life which he is entering. Too often the 
students principle aim is to merely pass the required 
work and aside from that to enjoy life as much as 
possible. Dr. Dwight gives as two habits which are 
of as much importance as any others. " First, that 
of assigning particular hours in each day to particular 
work, and secondly, that of concentrating the mind 
upon the special work in hand during the time which 
is set apart for it. 

Little Jack Horner 
Sat in the corner 

Taking a hard " exam "; 
He passed it. of course, 
With the aid of a " horse," 

Then said, "What a good boy I am.' 



For the past two years Congress has made small 
appropriations to enable the Department of Agriculture 
to investigate the possibilities for agriculture in the 
Territory of Alaska, looking to the possible establish- 
ment of an experiment station. The first year the 
Territory was partially explored and information col- 
lected as to such agriculture as was practiced there, 
the methods employed, the natural agricultural 
resources, etc. It was found that with the exception 
of a few small gardens, there was comparatively little 
land cultivated. The natives eat very little vegetable 
food, but live largely upon fish. Native grasses of 
good quality grow abundantly, but there is difficulty in 
making hay on account of the excessive rains and 
humidity during the summer. From the experience 
in small garden patches and of one or two " farms " 
it. was quite evident that the Territory is not unsuited 
to agricultural pursuits, and probably sufficient food 
crops can be grown to supply the Territory and mate- 
rially improve the diet of the people. 

Last season Prof. C. C. Georgeson, a native of 
Denmark and recently professor of agriculture in the 
Kansas Agricultural College, was placed in charge of 
the work. He spent the season there in making trials 
of various crops and vegetables, starting co-operative 
tests in various localities, looking up sites to be reserved 
for experimental work, and making the preliminary 
arrangements for a station. An observer from the 
Weather Bureau was sent out with him and systematic , 
weather observations were begun. The crops grown 
by Professor Georgeson last year give much promise 
of success. Barley, oats, and flax of excellent quality 
were produced, field and garden peas did exceptionally 
well, and potatoes, beets, and turnips were all that 
could be wished for in yield and quality. Potatoes 
and turnips can be relied upon in most parts of the 
Territory. In addition, beans, cauliflowers, cabbage, 
cress, kale, kohl-rabi, lettuce, onions, parsley, parsnips 
radishes, rhubarb, and salsify were successfully grown. 
Several grasses and forage crops were tested with 
prom.ising results. 

This year Congress has appropriated the $15,000 
regularly given to the experiment stations in each state 
and territory, and astation will be formally established. 
The supervision of this work will be entrusted to the 




office of Experiment Stations, with Professor George- 
son in immediate cliarge. Several pieces of govern- 
ment land liave been reserved by President McKinley 
for the use of the station, and the first woric will be to 
get parts of these in condition for experimental work. 
The plan will be to have the main station at Sitka, the 
capital of Alaska, and to conduct trials at several 
other points as well. A building will be erected at 
Sitka in the spring, which will contain offices, labora- 
tories, and quarters for the director and the weather 
observer. Some of the land near Sitka will be cleared 
and prepared for field trials. Work will also be insti- 
tuted this season at Kenai, a small town farther west 
on Cook's Inlet. The experiments which can be 
taken up immediately will necessarily be quite simple 
and limited to the growing of different kinds of crops, 
studies of soils, methods of culture, etc. Experiments 
will be made in ensiling the native grass as a means 
3f preserving it, and log silos will be erected for this 
purpose. It is hoped that before long experiments in 
the care and feeding of live stock may also be feasi- 
ble. It is believed that cattle and sheep raising is 
well adapted to some localities. Considerable will be 
done in the way of cooperative trials in different parts 
af the territory where opportunity offers. 

The difficulties under which Professor Georgeson will 
[labor are quite unusual. In addition to the lack of 
available land which is freed from stumps and under- 
brush and in condition for field work, there is great 
jjdifficulty in obtaining laborers and in securing the nec- 
essary supplies. No implements or work teams are 
to be had there. The new land is raw and sour, fre- 
quently covered with several inches of rotten wood. 
There are almost no roads and few good trails, so that 
the difficulties of getting about can scarcely be appre- 
ciated. It will be necessary to begin at the very 
eginning, but Professor Georgeson is convinced from 
is experience and observation that both the soil,when 
irought under cultivation, and the climate are favora- 
ble to quite a varied agriculture. The climate of the 
coast region is temperate and equable. The lowest 
temperature recorded at Sitka in forty-five years is 
4° below zero, and the highest temperature is 86°. 

Professor Georgeson will take with him a graduate 
of the Michigan Agricultural College as an assistant 
at Sitka, a superintendent for the Kenai station, and 
several laborers, together with oxen, stump pullers, 

plows, and other implements. He will start for 
Alaska with his force early in March, and plans to 
make Sitka his residence for the present. 

The progress of this new agricultural experiment 
station under somewhat novel conditions will be fol- 
lowed with more than usual interest. 

E. W. Allen. 
Office of Experiment Stations, 

U. S. Department of Agriculture. 


Those who believe dairying a decadent industry 
in New England need only to have visited our college 
on Feb. 23, to have been convinced of their error. 
The large crowd of buttermakers, the excellent 
exhibits, and the interest manifested in the addresses 
and discussions all showed conclusively that Massa- 
chusetts still holds a worthy place along this line. It 
was the intention of the Mass. Creameries associa- 
tion and of the Dairy Bureau, through whose united 
efforts the convention was held, to make the meeting 
especially interesting as an object-lesson and as an 
example of what the state could do. It was certainly a 
great success. 

The morning was spent at the barn, in examining 
the stock and accommodations and in inspecting the 
exhibits. The recitation room was given over to 
makers of creamery apparatus and supplies nearly all 
prominent manufacturers being represented. In the 
next room were the samples of butter, forty-two 
entries in all. Specimens of so-called " process " or 
" renovated " butter and of American butter made for 
sale in English markets, attracted much attention. 
A complete lot of foreign butter bought in the Euro- 
pean cities and showing what other nations were doing, 
had been promised by the U. S. Department of Agri- 
culture, but owing to negligence on the part of the 
railroads, it did not arrive in time, much to the disap- 
pointment of all. The work of the Dairy School 
excited much interest and seemed to please everyone. 
The thorough manner in which the several divisions 
performed their duties showed that something was 
taught besides theory, and the excellence of the 
butter made by the different students, most of whom 
had had previously no experience, was a good illustra- 
tion of what a dairy course could do. 

The exercises in the afternoon and evening were 




held in the chapel. About two hundred were present. 
G. M. Whitaker, chief of the State Dairy Bureau 
presided. The first address was by Prof. C. H. 
Eckels of the Iowa State College who spoke on 
'' Cream Ripening." He considered flavor the most 
important point in butter, and in order to get the best 
he recommended greater cleanliness in milk, the use 
of a starter, and some means of testing the acidity. 
The M. A. C. Banjo Club next gave two pleasing 
selections. A lively discussion of Prof. Eckels' paper 
followed, especially on the subjects of pasteurization 
and creamery inspection. The report of the judges 
of the butter showed that in the creamery class New 
Salem was first with a score of 95.5 with Springfield 
second and North Orange third. All the butter of the 
dairy school scored high, the lowest being 91. In this 
class C. A. Tallbergof Uxbridge led with 96, H. L. 
Knight of Gardner, 95.5, second, and C. E. Buckley 
of Northboro 95, third. The highest score of all was 
96.5 on a sample of pasteurized butter made by Prof. 
Eckels. After a discussion of these scores, E. L. 
Jaynes of the Vermont Dairy School read a paper 
on " How Gilt- Edged Butter is Made." 

The address in the evening was by Major Alvord, 
the head of the dairy division of the U. S. Depart- 
ment of Agriculture. As a means of off-setting the 
lower cost of production in the West he urged co-op- 
eration in New England creameries. Union would 
aid in developing special forms of dairy products, like 
table cream and pasteurized milk, and also in obtain- 
ing favorable legislation. He considered " renovated " 
butter a most dangerous foe, and advised a careful 
study of it. He also spoke of the prospects in for- 
eign markets. F. G. Stanley and E. W. Curtis gave 
a banjo duet, after which the convention adjourned. 

Such meetings as these are always valuable, both to 
the college and to those attending. The college can 
furnish visitors with numberless object-lessons, which 
teach far more than can theory ; but the college is aided 
as well by becoming more widely and favorably known, 
and also by being brought into closer relations with 
the agricultural interests of the state. 


Patterson — Do you believe in signs ? 
Crossley — Yes ; if I get up and find it raining, it is 
the sign of a wet day. — Ex. 


A TALE OF 1776. 

Breathes there a man with soul so dead. 

Who never to himself hath said. 

This is my own, my native land. — Scott. 

" Why, Mellicent 1 sweet sister Mellicent, are you 
dreaming that you stand so motionless, gazing at the 
heavens, or are you summoning spirits from the vast 
depths of the bright waters ? " 

The maiden started from her reverie — 

" I was indeed dreaming, Marmaduke, and the vis- 
ion was so glorious that 1 would you had not awakened 
me ! see ! " she continued with much energy, as she 
drew him forward to the bank where she was stand- 
ing — "I looked forth upon this splendid picture, and 
dreamed that America might yet be free." The scene, 
to which she enthusiastically pointed, was magnificent 
indeed ; the declining rays of an autumnal sun had lit 
up the golden bowers of the west with gorgeous beauty, 
and the bright waters beneath glittered like an oriental 
maid when decked in her bridal robes of glory. The 
boundless woods which lined the river's side, were 
colored with every variety of shade, and their proud 
summits caught a radiance from the glowing heavens, 
like the jeweled trees of a fairy dream. Range upon 
range of the distant mountains reared their Titan 
heads to the sky, while a silvery mist, which hung 
gracefully about them, seemed to veil from earth the 
insupportable lustre of the Eternal's throne. All was 
hushed into Sabbath stillness, save the occasional 
rustling of the leaves, when the wind spirit swept them • 
with his fragrant wing. 

" Is this," said the maiden, with a brightened cheek 
and flashing eye," is this a land for slaves? Shall we, 
who draw our breath amidst this proud creation, stoop 
our necks to the oppressor's chain ? Oh ! shall we 
not ralher water the ground with the best blood of her^ 
children's veins ! " 

"Why you audacious little rebel, what will & cer\ 
tain person say to this unfilial disaffection to the 
mother land! " 

" And why should Algernon Leslie think otherwise ;' 
he has indeed been educated in England, but America 
is still his country, the land of his birth and affections? 
Besides, 1 am well assured, that all the generous and 
truly noble among the British would rejoice to see 
America awake from her long trance of submission ; 



and willingly hail us as brothers, did we assert our 
right to be called so by the free ! " 

" But should it be otherwise with this same ami 
uncowiee," continued her brother, who appeared to 
delight in bringing the bright flush into his sister's 
cheek — -"be so staunch a royalist, that he would 
rather fight for King George than against him ; v/hat 
then, dear Mellicent ? " 

The girl paused a moment before she answered him. 
There was an apparent struggle in her feelings, but it 
passed, and an expression of deep devotion sat on her 
brow, as she replied : 

" Marmaduke — it is true that my heart turns 
Iwarnily to my cousin, though we can hardly be said to 
know each other — the wishes of his noble father — 
the last commands of my sainted mother — my own 
remembrance of happy childhood, all conspire to 
endear him to me ; but if I know myself, I dare to 
say, that were the warmest and dearest affections, the 
brightest prospects, the most cherished hopes put into 
com.petition with my country's love, or opposed to her 
interests, I v/ould trample them beneath my feet, 
though every fibre of my heart bled as I rent them 

" Take care, take care," exclaimed Marmaduke, 
laughing; " that your eloquence does not raise some 
British official to arrest you for high treason I and see, 
here certainly comes some one — now all good angels 
guard your neck, sister — for it is in jeopardy! " As 
he spoke, a figure emerged from behind a cluster of 
chestnuts, and came hesitatingly forward. He had 
the appearance of an Englishman (then more dis- 
tinguishable than now), */as tall and finely formed, 
and wore his own bright brown hair unimcumbered 
with powder or queue. Marmaduke regarded him for 
a moment, then suddenly exclaimed, " Saints preserve 
us, for our words have raised a ghost, I think — this 
must be either Algernon Leslie or his spectre ! speak ! " 
he said, springing gaily forward— "I'll call thee friend ! 
cousin! noble Leslie 1 so thou'lt but answer me 1 " 

" I will not give you much trouble," replied the 
stranger, advancing, " I am too happy not to answer 
to that name, the very first time of asking! " 

"And it is you, indeed! " said Marmaduke, clasp- 
ing his cousin's hand; "when did you land? what 
ship did you come by ? what news do you bring? " 

" Before 1 answer these many enquiries," replied 

the other, whose eyes had already v.'andered to the 
graceful figure of Mellicent Glanviile, " reply to one of 
mine, is not this! — " 

"To be sure it is — why, man, I kne>w what you 
were going to say. Yes, this is little Milly, your wife, 
as you used to call her, fifteen years ago ! " 

Mellicent came forward as he spoke ; his words 
had called a brilliant blush over the composed pale- 
ness which was the general hue of her features ! and 
as Leslie gazed on the pure beauty of those features, 
and met the soul-fraught intelligence of her dark eye, 
and heard the sweet music of her voice, speaking his 
welcome home, he might be forgiven for the hacknied 
simile " of an Angel " which rose in his mind — or 
even for doubting, that Heaven held any thing half so 
desirable and lovely. The father of Algernon Leslie, 
and the mother of Mellicent Glanviile, had been left 
orphans while very young, and their desolate condition 
had bound them to each other with a lasting affection, 
that neither absence or other ties had power to break. 
No sooner was Mellicent born, than the parents pro- 
jected her future union with Algernon's only child, a 
noble boy of five years old ; and though his affairs 
afterward carried him to England, where he died, the 
last wish he expressed, was for his son's reunion with 
the family of his beloved sister. Eighteen years had 
passed since then, but the link seems unbroken betwixt 
the cousins, for every letter brought affectionate 
remembrances to his little wife, and warm assurances 
of his unchanging regard to America and home. And 
now he was returned, to find her all that the warmest 
fancy could believe of heaven or know of earth ; and 
so fixed was his gaze, so warm his claimed salute, 
that Mellicent felt embarrassed, and proposed that 
they should seek her father in the house. 

"But," said Marmaduke, who had been talking all 
the time, unheard and unattended to by either — "but 
you have not answered one of my questions. Do you 
indeed like England so much bettar than America?" 

" Yes — -yes — much better," vacantly replied Les- 

" And you really think there is nothing here worth 
looking at?" No — nothing at all — " 

"Why, you must devoutly wish yourself back, then? " 

" Exactly — precisely so — " 

A loud laugh from the mischievous young man 
roused Leslie to consciousness. He looked up and 



beheld the arch look of Mellicent and apologized with 
a smile for his inattention. 

" You must forgive me, Marmaduke, for my excuse 
is a fair one. Now, what was it that /ou said ? " 

" Why, you spoke in your last letter of a British 
officer. Lord Frederick Montague, who was to accom- 
pany you over, has he arrived? " 

The absence of Leslie seemed to return at this 
question, for he spoke not for several minutes, and 
then said, with some confusion : 

"No — yes — that is, he sailed, certainly ; but he 
has not arrived, for he died upon the voyage." 

" I wonder (thought Marmaduke to himself) if my 
cousin is a born natural ? He could not have a better 
reason," continued he aloud, " but considering he was 
your intimate friend, you do not seem overburdened 
with sorrow for his loss." 

" No," answered Leslie, " 1 have all his clothes and 

A broad stare from his cousin, and a slight start 
from Mellicent, made him continue, more sadly: 

" No doubt I regretted him deeply as my friend, but 
his sentiments as a man were so much opposed to my 
own, that it barred the attachment which would have 
existed between us." 

" A thundering royalist, I suppose. Well, I am 
glad you are not one, also; " what did you want, good 
friend ? " said he to a man in livery, who approached 

" To speak with my master, sir," said the groom, 
touching his hat ; "will you give me an order to get 
out the luggage, my lord ? " 

" Pshaw!" interrupted Leslie, hastily — ''pray drop 
that ridiculous appellation. This man was servant to 
poor Lord Frederick, and forgets that he now serves 
only simple Algernon Leslie," continued he to Mar- 

" Indeed," replied he ; " well, give him the order, 
and let us adjourn to the house." 

H. McK. Z. 

(to be continued.) 

Papas condemn extravagance 

In language so distasteful 
That daughters pinch their pretty forms 

To be no longer waist-full. 


Divided we stand, united we fall — Stepladders. — Ex. 


" It's peculiar, to say the least," remarked Gary at 
the club the other night, " how a nickname will cling 
to a man. Now take your case, Jones, you've always 
been ' Tammany ' to us ever since I can remember, 
and yet I can't see why you ever received the name. 
There certainly is no connection between you and 
Boss Croker." 

" I supposed you all knev/ the reason," replied 
Jones, as he lighted a cigar preparatory to beginning 
the story which he saw was expected. " It illustrates 
Gary's point very well, for it was given to me against 
my will a good while ago. I have done my best to 
get rid of it too, for it is a continual reminder of the 
the presidential campaign where I played a part that 1 
have never been especially proud of. 

The fall that Cleveland was first elected I was visit- 
ing a New York uncle of mine. Like any other 
twelve-year-old I was tremendously interested in the 
election. You remember what a close contest it was 
and how much work was put in by both sides. It 
was early seen that the vote of Nev/ York state would 
probably turn it one way or the other, and the result 
was considered very doubtful, the district I was in 
being particularly so. No pains were spared to bring 
out the full party vote. 

My uncle was an enthusiastic admirer of Blaine 
and of course 1 shared his views. As usual he had 
offered the use of our team to the Republican town 
committee, but on election day,he found that he would 
be unable to drive it. I begged earnestly to take his 
place, and after some hesitation he consented. I 
worked hard that morning bringing up voters to the 
polls. At noon, 1 was generously praised by one of 
the local politicians as " a right smart youngster, who 
had done as much for Blaine as any of them." This 
tribute to my abilities I considered an abundant 
reward. In fact, my success mads me over-confident. 
I became impressed that my genius was only surpassed 
by that of George Washington and Daniel Webster ; 
and I resolved upon a still more wonderful record for } 
that afternoon. Alas ! Pride goeth ever before ■,. 
destruction ! 

I went back early but found no one at the Town ij 
Hall to give me directions. Of course someone would il 
soon have come, but I, too impatient to wait, was so 
reckless as to start out on my own responsibility. 1 : 



was not very well acquainted with the people of the 
town, but I had heard uncle speak of a family living 
in the outskirts named Kent. There were four voters, 
the father and three sons. I felt confident that they 
had not voted, for their horse had been recently killed 
so there was no way for them to get to the village. 
Hence I selected them for my trip, thinking how pleased 
the party managers would be with my self-reliance, as 
well as with the four votes which might otherwise be 
lost. I did not expect to be gone over an hour. 

i found the distance rather more than I had expected 
but at two o'clock I was at their farm. Father and 
sons were at home, getting ready to cut wood. In 
response to my inquiries, Mr. Kent declared that they 
had too much to do to be botherin' round with votin' 
but if I would help a few minutes he would see about 
it. Accordingly, I soon found myself turning a grind- 
stone. I always disliked this job more than any other 
but there seemed no alternative. So, comforting 
myself with thoughts of the aid I was giving the 
Republican cause, I toiled valiantly on, though the 
" few minutes " lengthened into hours. How my arms 
did ache ! I can feel it now. The supply of tools 
seemed limitless, axes, scythes, knives and even hoes 
were brought out to be sharpened, though why it all 
had to be done that afternoon was something I couldn't 
understand. I began to have misgivings as to the 
wisdom of my course, for the day was fast drawing to 
a close, and nothing had been said about voting. At 
last I ventured to remind them of it. " Wal I vow." 
replied Mr. Kent, " I'd clean forgot all about it. I 
guess there aint no special rush though you jest finish 
that axe and then we'll get ready." The polls closed 
at 5-30 and there was a large crowd waiting as I drew 
up at 5-25 to leave my passengers, the eldest son say- 
ing as he left me, •' We won't be ready to go back fore 
nine but you needn't wait unless you feel like it. 
Much obliged for your trouble. I s'pose our votes 
v/ill do Grover a pile of good." 

His last words startled me. Why did he say 
Grover? Was it possible that they were not Repub- 
licans ? Such a case had never entered my head. 
But the same politician who had praised me before 
soon enlightened me. 

" You'e done a good job this afternoon, and no 
mistake," said he in a sarcastic tone loud enough for 

all to hear, " Your team hasn't done a thing, and 
we've lost twenty votes sure by not having it. I don't 
know who put you up to it, young man, but your judg- 
ment in racing after those Kents was something won- 
derful. They have voted the straight Democratic 
ticket the last ten years and probably always will. It 
wouldn't be strange if you have lost the whole election 
for us, and if you have, you've done well. Just keep 
it up and before you're twenty you'll be the equal of 

The comparison caught the fancy of the crowd, and 
jeering shouts of " Hurrah for Tammany," "Three 
cheers for the loyal Republican, Tammany Jones!" 
and the like, greeted me on every side. I slunk away 
in complete dejection, fully assured that my mistake 
had ruined Blaine and the Republican party forever. 
The strain of the hard day's work and my mortifica- 
tion were too much for me, and when I reached home, 
big boy though I was, I cried like a baby. Not even 
my uncle's comforting words, or the news that Cleve- 
land was elected by a majority of thousands could 
console me for some time. Even yet I cannot wholly 
forgive the Kents for their meanness in taking advan- 
tage of my youth and in experience. 

I shunned the village for weeks, but my first visit 
revealed that the incident had not been forgotten. 
The name of Tammany was mine from that fatal 
hour, and as you know I have borne it ever since. 

H. L. K. 


A haze on the far horizon. 

The infinite, tender sky. 
The ripe, rich tint of the corn-fields, 

And the wild geese sailing high. 
And all over upland and lowland 

The charm of the golden rod — 
Some of us call it autumn, 

And others call it God. 

Like tides on a crescent sea-beach. 

When the moon is new and thin. 
Into our hearts high yearnings 

Gome welling and surging in — 
Gome from the mystic ocean, 

Whose rim no foot has trod — 
Some of us call it longing. 

And others call it God. 

A picket frozen on duty. 

A mother starved for her brood, 
Socrates drinking the hemlock. 

And Jesus on the rood : 
And millions who humble and nameless 
The straight, hard pathway trod — 

Some call it consecration. 

And others call it God. 


AGGiE JLIl^ii. 


Freshmen, 20; Northampton, Y. M. C. A., 13. 

On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Freshmen and North- 
ampton Y. M. C. A. played a somewhat loose, but 
very interesting game of basket ball, the Freshmen 
winning by the above score. 

The game was started at 3:30 p. m., the Freshmen 
defending the south goal. The Freshmen went into 
the game with a snap and vim which promised fair for 
them, and after one minute of play McCobb threw a 
goal. All through the first half the Freshmen found 
the visitors easy and when time was called they had 
run up a score of fifteen points. During the first half 
one of the visiting players insisted on playing football, 
so he was taken out and another man substituted. 

When the second half began the Y. M. C. A. men 
showed themselves to be awake, and went into the 
game with a determination to win at any cost ; for a 
few moments they fairly carried the Freshmen off 
their feet, and it looked as though they might even up 
the score. The Freshmen rallied, however, and man- 
aged to score five points in this half. 

The game as a whole was clean and good natured, 
most of the fooling coming from the gallery. The 
Freshm.en did well; i but showed themselves weak in 
team work, some of their players always throwing 
wild. The visitors were strong in team work, but 
were unable to throw goals and did not cover well. 
The game showed that the freshmen have a very 
strong team so that with proper training they ought to 
be able to compete with a class team from any 

The features of the game were mostly in the play- 
ing of McCobb and Dellea and the quick passing of 
the visitors. Carver played the best game for the vis- 

('olle^f |Motf|. 


McCobb, r. f. 
Dellea, I. f. 
James, c. 
Chase, r. b. 
Fulton, 1. b. 

Y. M. c. A. 

r. f.. Carver. 

1. f., Conroy. 

c, Cartwright. 

r. b., Harris, Gefinger. 

1. b., Jarvis. 

Score: Goals, McCobb 5, Dellea 2, Conroy 3, 
Carver 2, Jarvis, James 2. Coals on fouls, Dellea, 
McCobb. Gelfinger. Referee, W. R. Crowell, M. A. 
C. '00. Umpires, Foster, Amherst ; Chapin, M. A. G. 
'99, Timekeeper, Cole, Time 20 min, halves, 

— Where is the College catalogue? 

— F. A. Merril, recently made a trip to Boston. 

— A. R. Dorman '01 spent last Sunday at his home 
in Springfield. 

— The Q. T. V. fraternity was photographed by J. 
L. Lovell last week. 

— The sittings for the senior class pictures must be 
completed by May 1st. 

— Prof. Fernald has been chosen a trustee of the 
Methodist church in tpwn. 

— Professor Babson is the author of a short poem 
which appear in Leslie's Magazine. 

— Allen March, a former member of the College, 
was recently in tov/n for a few days, 

— W. E. Hinds and B. H. Smith of the senior class 
spent last Wednesday in Springfield. 

• — The Banjo club rendered several selections dur- 
ing the session of the Dairy Institute. 

— F. H. Turner and S. E. Smith of the senior 
class recently made a short trip to Springfield. 

— The members of the dancing class, expect to 
give a reception and dance, at the . close of the term. 

— Rev. E. W. Gaylord filled the College pulpit 
Sunday before last, in exchange with the College 

— Excuses were granted to those students who 
wished to attend the different meetings of the Dairy 

— John Goodell, eldest son of President Goodell 
has gone to Texas where he is employed as civil, 

— C. A. Crowell '00 has sold out his business to 
Hall '02, who will be glad to see you at No. 17 North 

— H. D. Hemenway of the Botanical department, 
returned last week from his home where he had been 
for a few days. 

— Last Wednesday being a legal holiday no exer- 
cises were held at the College. Several of the stu- 
dents went to Springfield to see Julia Marlowe, who 
played in one of Shakespeare's plays at the 
Court Square Theatre. 



— The dancing class will meet in the drill hall next 
riday evening. There will be two more lessons 
ifter next Friday. 

— At the meeting of the Dairy Institute held at the 
yollege last week, an exhibition of different samples 
)f butter was made. 

— Rev. Calvin Stebbins, who recently preached at 
he Unity Church, was the guest of President Good- 
ill, during his stay in town. 

— The senior English division has finished the text- 
look which has been in use and will take up a review 
or the remainder of the term. 

— An exciting game of basket ball took place last 
Saturday afternoon between the freshman team and 
he Northampton Y. M. C. A. 

— F. J. Smith read a paper at the meeting of the 
Amherst Y. P. S. C. E. held at North Amherst last 
"riday evening. R. A. Cooley gave a talk. 

^At the debate held last Friday on the subject, 
A protective tariff is a national benefit," the merits 
)f the debate were awarded to the affirmative. 

■ — Many of the professors of the College, attended 
he annual reception of the Amherst Club. President 
joodell was a member of the reception committee. 

— In the exhibition of butter, made at the Dairy 
Institute, C. B. Tallberg, of the Dairy course, scored 
;he highest number of points on a sample of his own 

— It has been voted by the faculty that the mem- 
oers of the senior class decide in what department 
they will write their graduating theses, by the end of 
this term. 

— The dairy institute held at the College last 
Thursday, was well attended and much interest was 
shown in the different meetings which were held in 
the Chapel. 

— Professor Fernald recently made a short trip to 
Boston. While there he appeared before the legisla- 
ture at the hearing of the bill concerning the Gypsy 
[Moth appropriation. 

— The next lecture in the course of " College 
Thought and Public Interest," will be given Monday 
'evening, March 6, by Prof. Franklin H. Giddings of 
Columbia University who will take for his subject: 
"The future of republican governments." 

— Sunday, Feb, 12th was recognized as a day of 
prayer for colleges. Hubert Clark of Amherst Col- 
lege addressed the Y. M. C. A. at their Sunday after- 
noon prayer meeting. 

— A report on the brown tailed moth is soon to be 
issued which will be something after the style of the 
Gypsy Moth report. A large share of the work will be 
done by Prof. Fernald. 

— Prof. S. T. Maynard will address the joint insti- 
tute of the Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden, and the 
Hillside agricultural societies, which will be held in 
Williamsburg, March Ist. 

— Professor Maynard expects to attend the meet- 
ing of the Massachusetts Fruit Growers Association, 
held in Worcester in March. The professor is now 
secretary of the Association. 

— On Friday, April 14th, special exercises will be 
held at the College, commemorating the birthday of 
Senator Morrill. A programme consisting of speeches 
and addresses is in preparation. 

— The next entertainment in the Union Lecture 
course will be given next Wednesday evening, March 
8. The Boston Artists' Quartette will give a concert 
which will be the last entertainment in the course. 

— Prof. Charles H. Fernald will speak at the 5th 
annual meeting of the Massachusetts Fruit Growers 
association which will be held in Worcester, March 
8 and 9. He will take as a subject, " Insects injuri- 
ous to Orchard Fruits." 

— The sidewalks about the College grounds have 
been in a deplorable condition. In many places it is 
almost impossible to get across the road without going 
through several inches of mud and water. A little 
attention paid to the crossings would be appreciated 
by the students. 

— The base ball season is at hand. Practice has 
been commenced in the drill hall and those who have 
any talent in the line of ball-playing are urged to try 
for positions on the 'varsity nine. There is only a lit- 
tle time remaining this term in which to practice and 
the students should put in some good work before the 
spring vacation. If this is done baseball affairs will 
have received a stimulus, so that at the beginning of 
next term a great deal can be accomplished toward 
the production of a winning team. 



— Charles H. Keyes will deliver a lecture at the 
Unity church this evening upon the subject, " What 
the community has a right to demand of the High 
School." Mr. Keyes is principal of the Holyoke 
High School and is thoroughly informed regarding his 
subject. The admission will be free and every one is 

— For the past year there has been no inspection 
of rooms at the College. The students should remem- 
ber that a clean room is a matter of health more than 
appearance and that they should keep their rooms 
clean as a duty to themselves. The dormitory should 
have as neat an appearance now as when under the 
eye of an inspector. 

— On the evening of March tenth Prof. G. F. Mills 
will give in the College Chapel a lecture on the sub- 
ject, " Bees and Books." The lecture will be free 
and open to the public. Those who have once heard 
Professor Mills speak are alv/ays glad to listen to him 
again and if the weather conditions are favorable a 
large attendance is assured. 

— Dr. C. A. Goessmann lectures on Saturday, Feb. 
25th at an institute meeting of the Worcester Northwest 
Agricultural Society at Phillipston; in the forenoon, on 
Commercial Fertilizers with reference to their present 
resources as well as their general character and fitness 
for supplying plant food ; and in the afternoon, on the 
sources of Nitrogen for manurial purposes, and the 
importance of selecting economical sources of supply 
to secure remunerative crops. 

— The time for closing the collection of the Ameri- 
can contribution to the Lavoisier monument has 
arrived. Readers of the Aggie Life will remember 
that an American committee was organized as early 
as 1896 to solicit subscriptions for that purpose. The 
time for the dedication of the monument to the foun- 
der of modern chemistry " Antoine Laurent Lavoisier " 
has been assigned by the Academy of Science of Paris 
for the year 1900 during the coming Paris World's 
Exhibition. All interested in the matter are invited 
to send their contribution to C. A. Goessmann at 
Amherst, Mass. before April next. 

— The monograph of the Pterophoridae of North 
America, by Prof. Charles H. Fernald, which 
appeared in the catalogue of the College for last year, 
has been published in book form. The " Canadian 

Entomologist " says of the book : " It is characterized 
by its author's well known accuracy and conciseness 
of statement, and is a complete monograph of the 
family as far as this continent is concerned. We 
need not say more than that this is a full and entirely 
satisfactory work on the Pterophoridae, and that it main-, 
tains the high standard of excellence that we now 
expect in the author's scientific productions." 

— Matters relating to the reading-room association 
have been discussed many times by the students and 
faculty, but no direct decision arrived at. It has been 
said that the room which the reading-room associa- 
tion now has charge of, is not suitable, and this fact is 
too true. It is to be hoped that a new room may be 
provided for the use of the students. It is suggested 
that some of the magazines which are now placed on 
the tables of the reading-room be transferred to the 
room in the chapel. Those persons desirous of read- 
ing these magazines would bs willing to go to the 
chapel where the publications would be found in good 
condition and where reading could be carried on with- 
out interruption. 

— When the drill hall was being trimmed and dec- 
orated for the Military Promenade all of the flying 
rings and other athletic apparatus belonging to the 
hall were removed. Now that the Promenade is over 
it is only right that these should be returned to their 
proper places. Many of the rings and different arti- 
cles belonging to the Athletic Association are scat- 
tered about the hall and are in danger of being 
destroyed or lost. The Athletic Association does not 
ov.'n a great deal of apparatus but if the little it has is 
missed what hope is there that a gymnasium will be 
fitted out for the students ? This matter should be 
looked into by those who have it in charge and it is 
hoped that affairs will be soon satisfactorily arranged. 



An obituary sketch of Asa Williams Dickinson '74» 
for next commencement will be prepared byj. H.|,| 
Webb '73 ; one of George P. Urner '76 by Willianii|D 
A. MacLeod '76, and of H. H. Wilcox by George i 
Cutler. ''^ 

'72' — One of the latest books to give a comprehen-T ,, 
sive review of Porto Rico is, " Porto Rico and its 
Resources," by Frederick A. Ober ex-'72. Mr. Obet 



las traveled extensively through the islands, visiting 
jvery port of importance and noting particularly the 
Tianners and customs of the people. This work shows 
he result of experiences of nearly twenty years stand- 
ing, Mr. Ober having written many books describing 
:he life of Mexico and Central America, but has not 
vritten before of Porto Rico. In a recent letter, 
\^r. Ober states that he has contracted to write a 
jooka month, each book to contain 60,000 words, for 
;he next ten months ; in addition to newspaper and 
■nagazine articles. Mr. Ober is author of the well- 
nown book" Grusoes Island." 

'94. — In a recent letter we are informed by Lowell 
Vlanley '94, that C. H. Sanderson '94, who is travel- 
,ng salesman for Peter Henderson & Co. of New 
York, as recently announced in the columns of the 
Life, travels through the New England district and 
makes Boston as headquarters, his permanent address 
:iowever is New York. Mr. Manley's address is 
Weld Farm, West Roxbury, Mass. 

'94. — F. G. Averell was home from Boston, over 
the holiday last week. 

'94.— J. S. Goodell ex-'94, left Amherst last week 
to accept a position on the engineering corps of the 
Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe railroad under C. F. 
W. Felt, engineer-in-chief, a graduate in the class of 
'86 ; and is to be located at Galveston, Tex. Mr. 
Goodell graduated in the class of 98 from the Troy 
Polytechnic Institute. 

'95. — F. P. Foley has been awarded the Benj. D. 
Greene scholarship for marked excellence in scholar- 
ship at Harvard. Address at 57 College House, 

'96. — F. E. Barrett two-years course '96, married 
Dec. 28, 1898 to Miss Gladys Idella Williams. 

'96. — R. S. Hayward ex-'96, is foreman of a farm 
at Ellington, Ct. 

'97. —F. W, Barclay ex-'97, was married Dec. 1, 
1898 to Miss Emma Buchel at Haverford, Pa. 

■97. — C. A. Norton, address at 12 Relyea Place, 
New Rochelle, N. Y. Mr. Norton is with the Lovell 
Dry Plate Co. 

'98. — C. N. Baxter has entered the regular course 
of Harvard University. Address at 80 Quincy Ave., 

'98. — W. S. Fisher's address for the present is at 
Lancaster St., Albany, N. Y. 


During the past weeks many new books have been 
added to our library among them are the following : 

Extemporaneous Oratory by James M. Buckley LL. 
D. This helpful volume is designed for the use of 
both professional and amateur speakers. It contains 
no cast iron rules for the prospective orator, although 
some of its precepts, as a critic states, " maybe com- 
pared to the best steel, which is elastic." While an 
effort is made to aid orators in every stage of progress 
to secure the art which is expounded, the character 
kept steadily in mind is that of a young man just 
entering upon his career. 

William DeWitt Hyde, President of Bowdoin Col- 
lege, has portrayed in a unique manner the inner life 
of the college of to-day, in his Euolution of the College 
Student. The sketch under the titie oi •' His College 
Lz/e " was first published in Sa-ibner's Wla^gazine for 
June, 1896, and it is through the kindness of Charles 
Scribner's Sons that it appears in its present form. 

Memorial of Frederick T. Greenhalge , published in 
commemoration of the life and public services of our 
late governor. The introductory remarks are by Roger 
Wolcott, prayer by Edward Everett Hale, and eulogy 
by Henry Cabot Lodge. 

Rivers of North America by Israel C. Russell Pro- 
fessor of Geology in University of Michigan. This 
volume contains much scientific thought written in a 
popular form. The book is favorably commented upon 
by many of the literary and scientific journals. 

Animal Intelligence by Wesley Mills, M. D. V. S. 
is an extremly instructive and interesting book. 

Farmer at the plow. 
Wife milking cow, 
Daughter spinning yarn, 
Son threshing in the barn, 
All happy to a charm. 

Farmer gone to see the show. 
Daughter at the piano, 
Madam gaily dressed in satin, 
All the boys learning Latin, 
With a mortgage on the farm. 





What the scare-crow would be apt to say if it was 
gifted with the power of speech — Gat off my corns. 

" I just took a very pleasant trip." "Where?" "1 
tripped and fell into a young lady's lap." — Ex. 

A green little boy in a green little way, 

A green little apple devoured one day, 

And the green little grasses now tenderly wave 

On the green little apple boy's green little grave. 


Freshman — 1 smell cabbage burning. Senior — You 
have your head too near the stove. 

" Charles told to papa he was burning with love for 

" And your father?" 
" Put him out." 

Mother — Charlie, you said you have been to Sun- 
day school. 

Charlie — (with a far-away look) — So I have. 

Mother — How does it happen that your hands smell 

Charlie — I carried home the Sunday school paper, 
and the outside was all about Jonah and the v/hale. — 

They told her not to worry 
Nor sit up late to cram 
Nor have a sense of hurry 
In writing her exam. 

And so she did not worry 
Nor sit up late to cram 
Nor have a sense of hurry 
And she flunlied in her exam. 


Tommy (who has just received a piece of bread and 
butter) — " Mamma, can God see everything?" Mother 
— Yes, Tommy. Tommy — Well, I'll bet he can't 
see the butter on this bread. 

It is a mistake to suppose the sun is supported in 
the sky by its beams. — Ex. 

Went to college. 

Joined the eleven. 
Played one game. 

Went to heaven. 

Said one oyster to another 
As near them came the scoop, 

" Lets hurry and get out of this 
Or we'll be in the soup." 



" I was weighed on New Year's day, but the scale 
were wrong.'' 

" Bad weigh to begin the year, wan't it ?" — Ex. 

Oh what a thing is love, 
It Cometh from above 
And descendeth like a dove 
On some. 

But some it never hits 
Except to give them fits 
And tai<e away their wils. 
By gum I 
— Ex. 

We were seated in a hammock. 

One eve in June ; 
And the night was hushed in silence, 
'Neath the guidance of the moon. 
I had asked her just one question. 
My heart was filled with hope. 
But her answer never reached me. 
For her brother cut the rope. 


c. R. e:l_de:r, 

(Succe-fsor to W. W. Hunt) 
All kinds of 





Portrait and Group Work a Specialty. 
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NO. 11 

Published Fortnightly by Students of the Massachusetts Agricultural College. 

Students and Alumni are requested to contribute. Communications should be addressed. Aggie Life, Amherst, Mass. Aggie Life will be sent 
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God give us men I A time like this demands 

Strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and ready hands. 

Men whom the lust of office does not kill ; 
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy ; 

Men who possess opinions and a will ; 
Men who have honor, and who will not lie ; 

Men who can stand before a demagogue 
And scorn his treacherous flatteries without winking. 

Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog 
In public duty and in private thinking ! 

—J. G. Holland. 

The refusal of Boston University to grant their 
diploma, except to those who have passed certain 
prescribed studies, among which is Bible Literature, 
seems to bar our graduates from obtaining it as they 
have in the past. Hitherto nearly all of our men 
have also taken this diploma and by it they have 
gained entrance to German universities if they cared 
to continue their studies in that country. Nearly all 

of our students who have gone abroad have been to 
the University of Gottingen. This famous old Ger- 
man institution would recognize Boston University but 
not the Massachusetts Agricultural College. But 
very recently an effort was made to secure the recog- 
nition of our diploma by Goettingen and we are very 
giad to hear that the effort met with complete suc- 
cess. We congratulate the college upon this advance 
in its standing in the estimation of our sister institu- 
tion. It certainly speaks highly for the work done 
there in the past by our graduates. 

We have spoken before in these columns of a 
move/nent looking toward a united action on the part 
of all the fraternities in college to postpone the pledg- 
ing of new men until the opening of the winter term. 
Recommendations to that effect were submitted to 
each fraternity, for its consideration and action, before 
the end of the fall term. Since then we have heard 
nothing of the matter. Can it be that the impulse 
which started this reform was so transient ? Will the 
men who were so unanimous in their approval of the 



plan at the meeting of delegates from the societies 
allow the movement to die thus ? If it is not dead, 
but merely forgotten, it is high time that some fur- 
thur action were taken. If such a change in regard 
to new men will be of any benefit to our fraternities, 
we cannot allow this opportunity of bringing it about 
to pass. Any action to have effect next fall must be 
taken this spring and one term is none to long a time 
in which to perfect the details of an agreement and 
the organization of a Conference. 

It needs no argument to convince even the careless 
observer that our reading room is in a deplorable con- 
dition, and to those who know the financial condi- 
tion of the association it appears even worse than it 
does to the careless observer. The support, or rat- 
her we should say, the lack of support, of the student 
body is one of the most shameful abuses in our col- 
lege. Men who have the privilege of using the 
telephone as often as they wish, of enjoying the use of 
a hundred dollars worth of reading matter, and also 
have their mail delivered to them twice a day, refuse 
absolutely to pay a trifling two dollars a year for these 
accomodations. A radical change must be made 
very soon. We would suggest that this matter be 
laid before each class through its reading room direc- 
tor and if better support is not given, the room should 
be closed. Perhaps the value of the accomodations 
now given would be better appreciated if students have 
to get along with only occasionaly a morning paper, 
and if they have to make a special trip up town 
instead of stepping to the telephone. 

With this issue of the Life its editors from the 
class of '99 lay down their rusty pens with long-drawn 
sighs of relief — relief from the responsibilities for the 
conduct of the paper which for the past year have 
rested most heavily upon us — relief from the neces- 
sity of spending long evenings at our desks preparing 
for the next issue. But while there is a feeling of 
relief, there is no thought of regret for the time and 
thought devoted to the paper, because we realize the 
value of the experience gained thereby. It has been 
a valuable experience to us and we would say to oth- 
ers, don't miss any opportunity during your college 
course to gain the benefit of this experience. It 

means work ; but nothing of any real value can be 
obtained without work. Education does not mean 
taking your diploma with the least possible effort. As 
we glance back over the work for the past year, we 
can see that there is room for much improvement in 
the Life. It rests to a great extent upon the student 
body to m.ake this improvement possible. We can 
now see at the end of the year far more clearly than 
we did at its beginning the possibilities of our paper. 
At all times we have had at heart its best interests, 
both for the present and for the future. We desire to 
thank all, both students and alumni, who have in any- 
way assisted us in our work. As we leave our places 
to the succeeding board, we leave with them also our 
sincere good wishes for the future. 

We are very glad to hear that in June the regular 
details of army officers to military colleges will be 
made. Those officers who had not finished their 
tour of duty when called away to the war will be 
returned to their posts if it is the desire of the college 
to have them finish out their tour. All those who 
have drilled under, or who are acquainted with Lieut. 
Colonel W. M. Wright will be glad indeed to have 
him return. He will find that during his absence of 
a little more than a year many changes have taken 
place. The entrance of two classes which will have 
had no drill whatever, and the exit of one senior class 
makes a decided change in the status of the batal- 
lion. More than half of the college must begin with 
the setting up exercises. But few in the upper 
classes will have had any experience in command 
above that of a corporal. It will require several 
years at least to bring the batallion to as high a con- 
dition of discipline and efficiency as it previously 
enjoyed. The effect of the absence of drill has mani- 
fested itself on all sides during the past year in ways 
that are most deplorable. The absence of all disci- 
pline and restraint has produced a lack of self- 
restraint. The absence of the respect required from 
a subordinate to his superior upon the drill ground has, 
we believe, not only resulted in less respect being 
shown to upper classmen by the lower classes, but 
also in less self-respect among all classes. It is need- 
less to mention more of the.'^e effects. Aggie has 
sadly missed the past year's drill and we are very glad 
of the prospect of its re-establishment. 


1 29 


On Friday evening March 10. Professor Mills lec- 
tured before an appreciative audience in the Stone 
Chapel. Although for the past week the Professor 
had been suffering from a severe cold he had recov- 
ered sufficiently not to disappoint his hearers. His 
subject was " Bees and Books " and his remarks were 
based on observations made in the class-room. 

The history of the last fifty years has been a review 
of scientific inventions. The microscope has revealed 
; the minute wonders of plants and animals. The tele- 
scope has swept the heavens, and the astronomers 
now know many new facts concerning the heavenly 
bodies. The sun has been measured, weighed, and 
its chemical composition ascertained. Steam has 
been harnessed to engines and a new power estab- 
lished. And the literature of the past fifty years — 
what was it based on and to what was its strength 
due ? Life was its stronghold. Life was the basis of 
i the literature that helped to precipitate the Civil war, 
I because the truest literature must draw its theme 
(from life. The artificial literature, the literature that 
I that has become estranged from life is tolerated less 
[ and less. 

i Without doubt literature should have a prominent 
place in our schools; it does, in fact, in Massachu- 
I setts more so than in other states. The study of 
' nature is also receiving, in our lower schools, that 
j attention due to such an important subject. The 
study of nature is not merely the study of its great 
I branches — entomology, botany, etc., but it is the 
observations of things around us, and our endeavors to 
understand them. Problems of Chemistry and 
Physics are not for a beginner in the love of nature ; 
they may come later. The student of nature sees in 
the butterfly a truth, in the flower a poem. An exam- 
ination in nature study is useless ; it is the spirit of the 
study we look for. Many poets show their love of 
nature in their works. Bryant is one of these. In 
his poem on " The Crowded Street " he makes no less 
than ten allusions to nature. Whittier is another, as 
1 evidenced from his poem on " The Hills." 

Literature helps in the interpretation of nature, 
while nature gives to the author his thoughts, his 
materials of work. Thus literature and nature roam 
hand in hand, the one benefiting the other, for without 
nature literature loses its charm. 


In considering the needs of a college from an 
undergraduate point of view, there are many condi- 
tions to be taken into consideration before a just esti- 
mate can be placed upon any writings emanating from 
such a source. An undergraduate is very apt to have 
a biased opinion of the internal workings of his own 
college, that is influenced more or less by his environ- 
ment and his standing in the college community. 
The personal equation is often of so prominent a 
nature that it destroys the value of his judgments. 

The writer realizes how utterly impossible it is to 
entirely eliminate the personal equation from an arti- 
cle of such a nature as is this one, and it is only from 
a sense of respect, and admiration for his Alma Mater 
that he would attempt to rectify some slight mistakes 
and unforseen conditions that have arisen in the midst 
of what ought to be an ideal college life. 

We are, generally speaking, too prone to judge 
hastily, too ready to accept the responsibilities of a 
judgment that it is not warranted by the facts of the 
case. This is, of course, a detriment to sound philos- 
ophy and is equally unjust to the accused and the 

There is no community, be it collegiate or general, 
that has not made its mistakes and profited by them. 
Every state of society has had its transitional stage, 
and at present we are passing through that very inter- 
esting epoch. Transition is necessary to growth, be it 
advanced or degenerate. It is only necessary to so 
shape that transitional stage that it shall not become 
degenerate, and just here comes the struggle, when 
the powers of each individual should be directed 
along those lines that will benefit the community at 

The question with us which is so pregnant with 
importance is our civil rights ; that is, the rights of an 
undergraduate in respect to the college at large. We 
are a social community of more or less extent, and 
the laws that govern all civil rights apply equally to us. 
We are banded together for mutual advancement and 
not for mutual destruction. The act of one vandal 
in our midst is always directed against our good as a 
whole, and as such, should be thoroughly punished as 
it deserves. 

Vandalism has played so large a part among us of 
late that it is high time it were suppressed. The acts 



of individuals, irresponsible to a high degree, have 
repeatedly incensed us to more or less intermittent 
activity which has often been as ill-directed as the 
acts themselves. We have talked much and acted 
little ; and this has been due, perhaps, to two causes ; 
first, an insufficient general organism of the whole 
body of decent undergraduates, and second, to an 
insecure feeling that any action that might be taken 
by those who have the good of the college at heart, 
would not receive the firm support from those in 
authority that it would deserve. 

It is hardly possible that the undergraduates as a 
whole can long tolerate the rowdyism that is daily 
evinced in certain definite localities on our grounds, 
nor can they longer permit the acts of destruction to 
college property that are so common. The student 
body is long suffering, but there must come a time 
when it will rise in all its majesty and put a stop to 
such actions that cannot be termed " ungentlemanly," 
for that is too soft an epithet to apply, but what can be 
better styled as " Un-American Vandalism " of a de- 
cidedly piggish nature. 

There was a time in the development of this coun- 
try when it was considered that the highest aim of the 
individual was to acquire what were known as gentle- 
manly qualities. Alas ! that the days of the true 
chivalry have passed us by. To-day, we are living 
in the midst of a community that has little respect 
for law or order, and none whatever for personal 

The crying need of our college is a stronger, stur- 
dier manhood, a manhood resplendent in its oppor- 
tunities, free from all ignoble taints ; a fitter sense of 
what is legitimate fun and what is horse-play ; a truer 
conception of the respect due a professor and a class- 
mate, and, above all, a just appreciation of individual 

It is a collegiate shame that upon the various ath- 
letic subscription lists, as well as on those lists for 
college necessities, are the names of men who have 
so little sense of honor that they A-ill subscribe their 
names to various amounts without ever intending to 
live up to their word. Such a matter should be pub- 
licly ventilated in the college publications and those 
names printed for public use, that we may point the 
finger of scorn to those who enter our reading-room 
and destroy property without 6ven paying their just 

With others of us who have religiously paid our^ 
little mite to every list brought to us, it is very dis-i 
heartening to learn that this, that, or the other cause 
is anywhere from fifty to a hundred dollars behind on 
collections. The writer has finally been forced into 
the position of refusing to pay any new assessment 
until those who still owe have paid up in full ; if more 
would do this, the good that would accrue cannot be 

The writer is, perhaps, exceeding his license by 
this time and the reader most likely has come to the 
conclusion that he is a garralous old busybody, but 
someone has to start a reform, an unwelcome task at 
the best, and it is only the intention of this article to 
point out a few salient points that need attention. 

Unless the few students that desire a change for 
the better can feel assured that their actions will be 
firmly supported by the authorities little will be done, 
and at the present that feeling of security is by no 
means manifest. In the past it was an unwritten law 
that a man with a certain number of conditions could 
not participate in athletics and yet we have repeatedly 
seen the law ignored. At one time it was said that 
athletics would be prohibited if an earlier subscription 
list were not paid up, and yet the following season a 
team was in the field and the usual financial state- 
ment was forthcoming, i. e. a large subscription list, 
only about half paid up. Until the student body feels 
assured that hearty support will be given it in any 
reform it may inaugurate there is little likelihood of 
any being started. 

If the writer were one in authority, matters might 
take a very different line and this article would never 
have been written, but fortunately he is not and so 
any advise he may offer would be presumptive upon 
his part. As regards the student body, he is not : 
hedged in by any social laws such as govern his 
actions relating to the higher powers, and he is at ; 
liberty to strike a solar plexus blow if he can get it in. 

But- it must always be remembered that whatever i 
criticisms the writer may put forth, they are always ; 
written with the best wishes for the good of the col- - 
lege at heait, however mistaken they may be. It is ; 
often necessary to destroy a bad social condition i 
that a newer and better one may be established in its ; 
place. We are now at the transitional stage of our 
existence; — shall we advance or shall we become 
degenerates ? Lekmer. 





Leslie took out his pocket-book and tore a leaf 
from it, but stopped short when about to write, and 
wrung his right hand with an expression of pain. 

" I twisted my hand while on board," he said to 
Marmaduke, who was looking over his shoulder, '■ and 
cannot write a letter since. Do scrawl that fellow an 
order to the captain, while I and Miss Glanville walk 
forward to the house." 

" Nonchalent enough, at all events," thought Mar- 
maduke, as with the polished ease of high breeding, 
Leslie drew Mellicent's hand within his arm, and 
walked away, '• And so, friend, your old master died 
on board." 

'■ Lord Frederick Monk-Monkton what call you 
him ?" 

" Montague, sir." 

" Aye, Montague, I say, what like was he ? A 
cursed ugly fellow, wasn't he?" 

•' Much such another as yourself, sir." 

"Humph! Nay, then, the devil take him who 
asks you any more questions ;" muttered Marmaduke, 
as with imperturbable gravity and politeness, the 
English servant bowed himself away. " One may dig 
gold from the ocean, before one gets anything out of 
those liveried lacquies I Well I will follow my nev/ly 
imported relative and Milly; they, I suppose, are trav- 
eling at the rate of ten miles a minute, on the road 
of love to the temple of marriage." 

It was night, the moon had risen high in the azure 
vault of heaven, and poured a shower of silver light on 
the bright water, which mirrored back her beauty, and 
here and there a few solitary stars had kindled their 
pale lamps and harmoniously sang together, their 
eternal hallelujahs of praise and love. 

The night blooming flowers were unfolding their crys- 
tal bells to the silent night, like holy vestals whose 
charms are veiled from earthly gaze, while their per. 
fumed oblation of sweets, hung on the wings of the 
whispering zephyr, and were wafted up to His throne, 
who hath made all things to praise Him in their 
beauty — clumps of the cedars and locusts spread their 
graceful foliage over the lawn, through which the 
moonlight shone on the turf like mosaic pavement, 
while the fire-flies flashed through the air, bright as 
human hope, alas ! as transient too. The stillness 

and holy calm of nature seemed to reprove the mad- 
dening passions of man, and speak to the troubled 
breast of a better, happier home — of a home the 
fountain of eternal light, where the flowers ever blos- 
som and the streams of living water flow unalterably 
pure, where the rejoicing footfall never wearies, and 
the incense of melody is ever breathing, where sin 
hath not darkened the beauty of hDliness, nor sorrow 
dimmed the bright eye of faith with a tear, where the 
wicked may not trample on the bruised heart, where 
the weary and heavy laden may be at rest. 

Beneath the clematis bower sat Leslie and his 
cousin Mellicent, and both were silent ; yet far differ- 
ent feelings filled their hearts. She was sitting with 
her hands placidly folded on her bosom, her features 
composed into tranquil love, and holy gratitude, while 
her upraised eyes seemed to hold communion with the 
stars, which were not purer then her spirit. He was 
standing beside her, but the beauty of earth was 
unseen by him, on her alone he gazed with passionate 
emotion, and his flushed cheek and burning eye offered 
a strange contrast to the heavenly serenity of her 

'' Mellicent," said he softly. She turned, and as 
his flashing glance met hers, a troubled blush of 
earthly feeling tainted the saintly purity of her cheek. 

" Let us return to the house!" she said, "for my 
brother appears to have forgotten us, and my father 
will wonder at our stay." 

" And does the time seem long to you, Millicent? 
To me it passes rapidly as a dream of enchanted land, 
nay. do not rise," he continued, gently replacing her; 
" you may not pass from this fairy bower, until you 
have paid its monarch tribute!" 

" And I do," she answered with bashful confusion, 
" I pay a tribute of unfeighed admiration and love to 
the power of beauty before me." 

'• But is your love for nature alone ? May no 
earthly being ask a share ?" ask Leslie. 

" Let us return " — 

" No, Mellicent, the hour is come when from your 
own lips I must know my fate. Oh ! surely words 
cannot be wanting to tell you how I love you ; my 
thoughts by day, my dreams by night, are filled with 
you alone, you are become the essence of my being, 
the pervading power of my spirit, without you, earth 
is joyless and heaven would be none were you away." 




From the moment when he began to speak, Melli- 
cent had ceased to turn from him ; there was not in 
her noble nature one particle of coquetry, and she 
scorned that refusal which is given, that it may be won 
over by entreaty. But her air was sad, .as she listened 
to his impassioned words, and the tears started unbid- 
den from her clear dark eyes. He took her hand. 
" Speak to me, sweet Mellicent. Alas ! I am most 
unworthy of your love, yet cannot live without it. 
Oh 1 speak to me, for never Indian worshipped the 
sun of his idolatry, as I do you, who are alone the 
light in which I live." 

"Oh! hush, Leslie hush 1 These words are wild, 
and ill befit a very weak and faulty girl. Leslie, you 
are my cousin, and our parents' last wishes were for 
our union — you are my countryman and feel like me, 
the deepest interest in our bleeding land I" 

Leslie impatiently interrupted her. " And are 
these the only claims I have on your heart, Mellicent? 
Is a cold duty to the dead and a colder tie of birth- 
place, all you return for my engrossing love, for my 
idolatary of heart ?" 

The maiden blushed, but instantly answered, " No, 
Leslie, I cannot affect a coldness which I do not feel, 
you are individually dearer to me than any of these 
bonds could make you ; yet, alas 1 what avails our 
affection ? Can we wrap ourselves in selfish glad- 
ness, while all around us is desolate and sad ? Nay, 
be patient and hear me ; the first feelings of my heart 
the first devotion of my spirit, was to my county ; 
enslaved and oppressed as she was, I loved her ; were 
she a thousand times more so, I should continue to 
do the same as long as I drew the breath of life ; but 
the hour of her emancipation is at hand ; the long, long 
dream of subjection is passing from the souls of our 
brave countrymen, and America will dash off her 
chains with a vigor that will break them for ever !" 

" Sweet enthusiast ! that hour lives alone in your 
warm fancy." 

" 1 believe it not. The flame of liberty is already 
kindled, and God grant that it may never be extin- 
guished, until it lights the bonfire of Freedom !" 

" It will sooner light the funeral pyre of all who 
have followed its devious ray." 

"Leslie!" said Mellicent sadly, "is it meet for 
you, around whose neck is the usurper's chain, to 
damp those hopes which are the only sunbeams that 

pierce our darkness ! But you have seen so much of 
English pride and English glory, that you believe them 

" Not so, dearest I But what have these wars and 
tumults to do with my cherished hopes ; you will not 
turn soldier, will you, my beloved, and strike yourself, 
for America and Freedom I" 

" And if I could," she replied, with a kindling eye, 
think you that I would grudge the life's blood of my 
heart ? Think you that I would shrink, though torture 
and death lay in my path ? But these are idle words. 
1 am a weak woman, and can only love the land I live 
in ; but while her fate is thus uncertain, her glory so 
darkened, 1 will not bind a bridal wreath around my 
mourning brow, nor rejoice while she is weeping. GoJ 
Leslie, the time is near, when the blow will be struck 
strike with it. America needs every arm, every hear! 
of her children. I will lend her yours, as I havffj 
already devoted my own. And should the God of 
battles aid our faithful cause, we shall pledge our 
hands in joy, at the free altar of a freed land." 

" Mellicent," interrupted Leslie, impatiently, "this 
is a mere mockery and madness. You have received 
a visionary phantom into your imagination, and to it 
you mercilessly sacrifice my hopes and happiness." 

" Leslie, if you loved your country, as it deserves to 
be beloved, all selfish interests would be as naught." 

" I do not pretend to your seraphic purity, sweet 
love. I do love this county because you inhabit it. 
1 wish her glory, for you wish it, nay, spare that reprov- 
ing look, you may make me as ardent a patriot as 
yourself — give me your hand — ^join her interests and 
yours together, send me forth as your champion, and 
St. George himself shall not be a more puissant one. 
You shall not say me nay. Behold, I beseech you in 
behalf of the land you love I" He bent his knee, and 
gently took the hand of Mellicent ; it laid trembling 
but unrelentant within his own. He started from his 
posture and folded her passionately to his breast — a 
merry laugh near, brolce the agitated silence of his 

" Too warm by half, man," said Marmaduke, whi 
advanced with Mr. Glanville, " remember the mark? 
is to last for life." 

" Hush, boy !" said his father, as they entered th| 
arbor, " and you my beloved child, turn not thus bash 
fully away, but reply to my questions as you have evd 



done with sincerity and truth." 

" Algernon Leslie, you are the only child of my 
sainted wife's only brother. You are dear to me as a 
relation, nor have I seen in you aught that disgraces 
the name you bear. But you have been long away, 
and it is not a small thing you ask of me, in the hand 
of blessed child. Algernon, when I lost the wife of 
my bosom, this child in her baby loveliness was all 
that stood between me and my despair, she has grown 
up to be the light of my eyes and the joy of my 
heart ; her love and duty to her wido\ved parent has 
been passing the love of children, and I fondly hope, 
that when the Almighty shall call me to join the holy 
dead, that her hand shall close my dying eyes, her 
voice speak the last fond farewell, her affection brighten 
the dark shadows of death. Algernon Leslie, if you 
should neglect this modest flower and leave her to 
wither in unkindness, the curse of a bereaved father 
would be on your head ; should you tear her from her 
native land, and sever her from those who love her 
better than life, you would bring down my gray hairs 
with sorrow to the dust, and she would fade and die, 
and go down mourning to the grave, for the old man 
who died forsaken and alone." 

There was a deep pause. Mellicent lay sobbing on 
her father's breast, and Leslie listened in uncontrolable 
emotion ; even Marmaduke was awed and silent. 

" Look up, my own, my blessed child," continued 
the old man, solemnly, " duteous and good have you 
ever been, and He who was himself obedient to his 
earthly parents, shall bless and reward you. God 
shall bless my child, and give her children that may be 
to her as she has been to her parent in his age. 
Look up, my Mellicent, and faithfully, openly, solemnly, 
as if, before the judgment seat of Christ answer me, 
do you love this man?" 

Mellicent checked her tears, and looked up with 
sacred awe and love. Her voice, as she answered, 
was low, but assured and firm. " I do! so may God 
add His blessing unto yours, my father I" 

" It is answered worthy of your innocence and 
truth. Algernon Leslie, you have heard the frank 
avowel of this pure hearted maiden. Will you in the 
face of that God, whose eye is now upon us, swear to 
love and cherish her. not only while the bloom is on 
her cheek, but in sickness or in sorrow ? Will you 
call on His eternal name to witness for you that there 

is no guile nor deception in your bosom Will you 
answer to an aged parent, whose hope, and pride, and 
joy she is. that you love her, not with the passing pas- 
sion of a moment, but with steadfast, true, and unal- 
terable faith ?" 

Aglow of passion flashed for a moment across the 
brow of the young man, then left it pale as death. 
Twice he essayed to speak, in vain — his voice died in 
a convulsed murmur, the eyes of all were anxiously 
bent on his -his pale and agitated features, nor was 
there a sound to break that deathlike pause. At last, 
with a dreadful effort, he conquered himself, and spoke 
in tones, hoarse with suppressed agony. 

"You have asked me if I love your daughter I 
Let this anguish which chills my blood and palsies my 
frame, speak for me how I love her ! Could the 
thrones and sceptres of a world be offered me in 
exchange for her hand, I would spurn them as nothing 
worth. Could the possession of her heart be obtained 
by years of toil, imprisonment and torture, I would 
welcome them with joy as the path to heaven ; but I 
cannot deceive a father standing before his God — a 
daughter laying on that father's bosom. / am not 
A Igernon Leslie P ' 

" Eternal God ! Man of mystery and pride, who 
then are you?" 

From the moment he had spoken the last words he 
had covered his face as if afraid to look upon the 
mute agony of Mellicent ; but the first effort had 
exhausted the violence of his despair, and he continued 
more calmly. " My name is Federic Montague. I 
was Leslie's intimate friend and companion, and had 
agreed to accompany him to America. It is far from 
my wish to accuse him in order to vindicate myself ; 
but it is necessary to the explanation, to say, that 
owing to a dissipated quarrel in which he became 
involved at Liverpool, we changed names, that he 
should not be recognized, as his own was unknown 
to the injured party. This accounts for the captain 
and crew's belief, that 1 was indeed Algernon Leslie. 
His health was injured greatly by his dissipated life, 
and he died while on board, still bearing my name and 

"He died?" 

•' He died, and with his last breath, importuned me 
to acquaint his friends myself of the melancholy 
event, which could be thus more gently done, than by 



rectifying the names, and allowing the newspapers to 
inform you that he died on board the Algonquin." 

" Proceed, in mercy end this suspense." 

" Alas! how shall I excuse my subsequent conduct. 
I had often heard Leslie speak of his cousin, and when 
I first came through these gardens, and beheld 
a lady in conversation with her brother. I at once 
imagined it to be herself ; as 1 approached I heard her 
words, and struck as I immediately was by her beauty 
and grace, who shall wonder that 1 was. unwilling to 
present myself as one of those, whom her vehement 
language censured as tyrants ; as, moreover, a bearer 
of that intelligence, which the blushes that it his name 
showed, would be most deeply felt. It avails not to 
dwell upon what 1 felt ; what I did, was to own to the 
name by which Marmaduke, induced by my appear- 
ance, hailed me ; the consequences of that deceit 
are here, here in my aching heart and maddening 
brain !" 

" And shall be felt still deeper, base hypocrite that 
you are," exclaimed Marmaduke, rushing passionately 
forward, " by heavens you shall account to me for 
this I" 

" Peace, vain boy," said Montague, proudly, " it is 
not to beardless striplings that a British officer draws 
his sword. Old man, my tale is nearly ended ; I saw, 
I loved your daughter ; 1 had come here in the silly 
belief that no American could possess feeling or 
refinement, and at first I courted her as one who must 
be honored by my notice. Since I have beheld her 
formed of purity, honor, and truth ; since I have wit- 
nessed the refined superiority of her mind, and seen 
heaven itself shines in her spotless soul, I have learned 
to love her beauty less than her worth, and at this 
moment would give up rank, fortune, and friends, nay, 
would forfeit my country and my home, to win her 
love, and be deemed worthy of her hand." 

A dreary silence followed his words, broken only by 
the labored breathing of the poor girl, who stood 
more like a marble monument of the dead, than a 
living thing of earth. Mr. Glanville spoke first. 

" Lord Frederick Montague, if that be your name, 
I have no desire to upbraid you ; that you have not 
dared to perfect your wickedness, is a proof that your 
conscience is not all dead within you, and its stings 
will be sufficient, without my words. It is not to me 
that your crime has been heaviest, though you have 

eaten of my bread while deceiving me. It is this 
unhappy one, whom you have most deeply wronged, 
and to her I refer you for your answer ! Speak, Mel- 
licent, my child, make answer to this man !" 

" Answer him as is worthy of yourself, your friends 
and your country, my sister, " said her brother ; "send 
back this lordling to his own land, with a lesson, that 
an American girl despises his pretensions as she 
scorns his mean deception !" 

'■ I bid you peace, Marmaduke," replied his father, 
" passion and strife ill befit this hour, answer him, my 
daughter, as your heart, your principles, and your duty 
incline you, and 1 will abide by the decree." 

" Mellicent !" said Montague, approaching her with 
humility and sorrow, " pause, yet a moment, before 
you decide on the happiness or misery of my life. 1 
have sinned but it was through love to you. 1 have 
suffered, oh! more than the bitterness of death, in 
relinquishing my claim ; be merciful, and accept my 
misery as an atonement. Give me but your love and 
bind me by what laws you please, your home shall be 
my home, your country my country, your God my 
God, and should dissension arise between our lands, 
I cannot indeed raise my arm against my own, but 
1 will throw up my commission, and swear never to 
fight against yours ; give me but your love and I will 
vie with you in affection to your father ; give me but 
your love, and I will strive to become a wiser and a 
better man ; give me but your love, and it will gild my 
life on earth, and lead my soul to heaven." 

The fearful agitation with which Mellicent heard 
these several appeals, proved how well she compre- 
hended them ; otherwise her livid color, dilated eye, 
and motionless attitude might have impressed the 
beholder with a belief that she was a standing corpse 
upheld by some unseen means but destitute of life or 
sense. But her resolution was unconquered, the 
strength of her mind yielded not with that of its frail 
casket, and she replied within a minute, 

" As sincerely as 1 forgive you, may I be forgiven i 
of my God, but we part here and forever. Between i 
us there is no tie in common, your honor to your ■ 
country, your duty to your friends, demand of you to ■ 
return ; mine forbids my ever beholding you more. , 
To the land of my birth, the country of my love, 
were my earliest affections devoted — I may not for 
any selfish feelings now forget her claims, or forsake 



ler interests. They are opposed to your hopes and 
wishes, there can be nothing in common between us." 

' Mellicent ! Mellicent ! Can you thus calmly fling 
iway my love and trample on my heart ? Cruel, 
nard-hearted girl, you have never loved aught save the 
Moloch phantom of freedom, at whose altar you 
ruthlessly sacrifice me !" 

One look of speechless, heart-broken sorrow, she 
gave to heaven. One word she spoke in tones so 
tfoe-begone, that they chilled the hearer's heart. It 
was, " Farewell !" Then she dropped to the ground 
like an overthrown statue, for sense and life had 
reeled beneath her agony. Montague would have 
rushed forward to raise her. but Mr. Glanville put him 

' I forbid you to touch her !" he said. " Begone, 
thou worse than assassin, stay not to look upon the 
ruin thou hast wrought. There are no words of 
power enough to vindicate thes, for there is thy 
answer. Behold that fallen flower, behold that vic- 
tim whose heart thy infamy hath crushed, and stay 
not to reason with a father's misery I Oh I my child ! 
my child! Would to God I had died for thee, my 
hapless daughter!" 


The blow for freedom had bee n stricken — the long 
smouldering fires had burst fourth, and sent a blaze to 
heaven that drew the world's attention on those who 
had so bravely kindled it. The skirmish at Lexington 
was the signal for an universal flying to arms ; and 
though reform was at present the only declared motive 
for their rising, there were not wanting many whose 
breasts already beat high with the ultimate hope of 
national independence. Blood had flowed on either 
side, the dogs of war were slipt, and an unnatural con- 
test between men of the same descendants began to 
desolate the beautiful creation of God, with carnage, 
fire and rapine ; and who was to blame ? — at whose 
hands should be required the blood spilt — the treasure 
wasted, in this most ill advised and unjustly grounded 
war? A rash and weak ministry who, contrary to the 
general wish or feelings of the mother land, first 
heaped oppression and insult upon people as brave as 
themselves, and then sought to quench the indignation 
excited by this conduct, in the best blood of both 

It was in the autumn of the year 1775, a few 
months after the memorable battle of Bunker Hill, 
that a lady sat alone in a shaded bower, near to the 
river's edge, which swept gracefully by, within a few 
miles of the town of Concord. The wind came off the 
water in gusts, and as it strewed the withering leaves 
around, it moaned mournfully through the almost 
naked branches, as if it were bewailing the desolation 
itself had made. That sad sound reminded the lady 
of human passion — alike the destroyer and mourner 
over those it loves — heavy masses of clouds were fast 
gathering over the azure dome of the sky, like the 
wings of the storm spirit when he arouses from his 
sleep, and such, thought the lady, is human life. When 
hope is brightest and joy shines fairest, even then is 
desolation at hand, and the hour of mourning near ; 
but that sun will burst through the veil which obscures 
his brightness, and so when this transitory life shall 
pass away, the soul shall ascend to its God, and sin 
and sorrow molest no more ! A low sound — it might 
be a falling leaf, it might be the moaning wind — inter- 
rupted the maiden's musings, and brought a deep flush 
over her fair brow. A figure much muffled emerged 
from the wood, and in another moment was prostrated 
at her feet. She did not scream nor fly. Her lips, 
though mute, moved in fervent prayer for strength. 
There needed no words to tell Mellicent Glanville that 
Frederick Montague knelt at her feet, and they had 
met again on the same spot where they had parted. 
A few months, a very few, had past, yet all was 
changed. He was now in arms against the country of 
her love, and leagued against the liberty which she 
idolized, and she — oh ! it was a sad sight to behold the 
ravages which the incurable leprosy of the heart had 
worked on her angel features, but their expression was 
the same — dignity of mind, purity of soul, were en- 
throned on that pale bro<v, in sorrow, in disease, in agon- 
izing suspense, in fatigue, in silent but hopeless woe — 
that stamp of an Almighty hand remained unchanged. 
Death itself could hardly quench a light which ema- 
nated from the pure fountain of heavenly truth. And 
now the one who divided her heart with her nation's 
love, the one who had wrought for her so much of 
woe, yet whom she loved as devotedly as ever, the 
one whose generous arm had saved her only brother's 
life when they had met in the ensanguined battlefield, 



the one whom to serve, she would have gladly died — 
he that loved, yet dreaded one, now knelt before her, 
and with what language could Mellicent reply to his 
broken words and impassioned sighs ? "Oh ! answer 
me one word, my life, my soul, say but that you have 
forgiven, that you have not forgotten me!" 

She started from her motionless silence. "In the 
name of Heaven, why are you here and how ? " 

"Mellicent, can you ask me why? I have not 
lived since parted from you — existence is joyless — 
hopeless — aimless all without you ; fortune, honor and 
glory are as nothing without your love ; danger, or 
death, is an easy price for the rapture of beholding 
you again ! " 

"Colonel Montague," replied Mellicent, hurriedly, 
"I cannot hear these words ; you are my country's foe, 
and therefore, mine. Away — your life is here in dan- 
ger — oh ! begone ! " 

"Never, Mellicent, never — by the help of this dis- 
guise and heavy bribes, I have passed your sentinels — 
I will repass them again with you, or I will stay here 
and die. Nay, answer not, but hear me — your coun- 
trymen have bravely proved themselves of British 
blood and courage ; an express has been for- 
warded to England, whose just and reasonable 
demands will surely be complied with, henceforth will 
Englishmen and Americans be as friends and brothers 
— united in the same interests' and wishes, acknowl- 
edging the same king, respecting each other as brave 
men should, who are equally honorable and free — this 
unnatural war will close, and peace and plenty smile 
gloriously over the clasped hands which are now raised 
against each other. To me, America is dearer than 
Britain, for is it not your home ? — here, then, will I 
make mine also. 1 will devote my life to make your 
happiness — I will imitate your virtue, to be less un- 
worthy of your love. I will strive to win Heaven that 
I may meet you there ! " 

"Oh! my God, have mercy on me!" lowly mur- 
mured the maiden. 

"Now, behold the other side — if you will indeed 
sacrifice yourself and me at the bloody altar of your 
fancied liberty, if you will ruthlessly cast both our 
hearts beneath the wheels of this Juggernaut's car, 
your work ; I stay and die. Choose, then. Will you 
trample on the heart that adores you — will you shed the 
blood that was freely poured to save your brother's life ?' ' 

A death-like hue came over the features of Mell 
cent, her voice sounded suppressed and hollow, b 
the spirit swerved not, the anchor of her soul w; 

"Montague, 1 do not ask you to spare me if it givt 
you comfort to torture me thus. I can bear it w) 
lingly. There is not that wish, hope, or joy of my ou 
I would not sacrifice to your desire ; if the blood of n^ 
life could serve you, it would flow spontaneously ; if ■ 
link my fate with yours in poverty, imprisonment, to 
ture or death, were mine to choose, I would embrac 
it as joyfully as the captive hails his freedom ; but 
will not desert the standard I have chosen, nor ca 
away my country's cause, because it is opposed to n 
selfish hopes. It is useless to urge me," she co: 
tinued, more v/ildly, and with an involuntary screar 
as she saw him about to speak, "you may slay me 
your feet with this agony, you may drive me mad 1 
this horrible struggle, but while I have life and reasoi 
I will never forsake my bleeding country — neve 
never! ! " 

(to be continued.) 



The bark Clara V. was smoothly sailing her hom 
ward course three days out of port. The night w; 
warm and calm and not a sound bro'xe the death-lik 
stillness except the swash, swash of the waves as thi 
broke against the ship's sides, an occasional splash 
a fish near-by, and the tramp, tramp, of the officer 
the watch. It was the second watch and the offic 
no other than the ' captain himself, Capt. Jami 
Hughes. He was a large thickset man of abo 
middle age who had followed the sea from a me 
strippling. He was a captain of the old school wh 
believed that the oftener a sailor felt the rope's er 
the better sailor he would make ; and that he was 
man who lived up to his convictions many sailc 
could speak from experience. 

On that night, the 21st of June, 1869, he did n 
possess his usual equanimity of mind. He was unea: 
and could not suppress those thoughts which were co 
tinually making known their unwelcome presenc 
Only the day before he had punished severely t\' 
sailors for supposed misconduct, but on furth 
inquiry he learned that one, an ignorant revengef 
Norwegian, was innocent of the deed for which 



had been punished. Moreover he had on board, 
sesides his regular cargo of spices, several thousand 
loUars in gold. He had tried to keep this fact hid- 
den from his crew, but somehow — he knew not how — • 
the sailors learned that there was not only spices on 
joard but also money. 

As he meditatively walked from bow to stern and 
'rom stern to bow he would occasionally draw from 
;ts sheath a large pistol and would turn it over two or 
three times in his hand, as if to insure himself that it 
was still intact- Not that he expected that he should 
have any immediate use for it, but somehow he 
seemed to find consolation in merely handling it and 
knowing that it was alright. Had he been aware of 
Ihe danger to which he was exposed that night, there 
would have been some significance in his handling 
the weapon. As it was he was wholly ignorant of a 
pair of cruel, black eyes that were watching his every 
movement from behind a pile of old canvass near the 

As the captain reached a place about ten feet from 

the hatch, a slight rustle from that direction caused 

him to instinctively grasp his pistol as he quickly 

turned. Everything was quiet, and he v/as about to 

resume his watch, when from out of the darkness a 

white something like a mist became visible, then more 

and more distinct, and approaching at the same time 

toward the captain, till the form of his daughter, all 

clad in white was plainly seen in the darkness. It 

advanced to within a few feet of the captain and took 

J that position most characteristic of his daughter. The 

,; captain stood spellbound for a few moments, then 

rubbing his eyes to make sure he was not dreaming, 

: he looked again. Yes, there it was, standing as 

' before as if it wanted to speak. In a moment more it 

. receded into darkness as swiftly and mysteriously as 

it had come. 
; Now Capt. Hughes was no believer in ghosts, 
|l visions or the like, but if there was anything in this 
riworld he loved, it was his only daughter, and to have 
; seen her thus, made a strong impression on his sensi- 
bilities. As he slowly rubbed his eyes and continued 
his walking he could not drive from his mind that 
_,; vision. Nor could he rid himself of thoughts that had 
I never found lodgment there before, and which when 
j| expressed by others he had most mercilessly ridiculed. 

The pair of black eyes which had watched the captain 
so long had also disappeared. 


Several days later as the captain was leisurely 
reclining on the upper deck, the Norwegian whom he 
had not long before punished unjustly, came forward 
and touching his cap, said in broken English, " I want 
to speak to you, Cap'n." 

" All right, fire away, sir," was the captain's blunt 

" Well, sir, what you tink dat was you see one 
night ?" 

" What do you mean?" asked the captain. 

" Dat you see one night, a ghost, I tink you call it. 
Now don' git mad Cap'n. I come to tell you I saw 
it. I there," pointing to canvas, " I going to kill you. 
I see something, you see too ; I no want to kill you, 
an' I go back. I want tell you I your friend. I no 
bad now." 

To say that Capt. Hughes was surprised hardly 
expresses his feelings. At any other time he would 
have been very angry but now his curiosity was 
aroused. He questioned this fellow who had of his 
own will confessed his evil intentions and who had 
seen the same vision he himself had seen. He 
learned from the Norwegian that he had sneaked up 
the hatchway and had hid behind the canvas to 
await his opportunity to murder him, the captain, but 
when he saw the apparition he believed it to be a sign 
that the captain was divinely protected so he returned 
to his bunk. He wished the captain to know of his 
wickedness and that he wished to be his friend. 

When the captain arrived in port and went to his 
home, his wife came forward to greet him as she 
had always done, but — she wore black. She seldom 
wore black and he could not avoid the dreadful con- 
clusion, so as he took her in his arms and kissed her, 
he said soothingly, " I know dear, you need not tell 
me, now. Our darling is gone." And this great 
strong man who had faced scores of terrible storms, 
and who could not feel a pang of regret, was draw- 
ing his coat sleeves across his eyes, when his wife 
surprised at these strange words and actions drew 
back a step saying. " Why ! what is the matter 
James ?" 



" Is it not so : Is she not dead?" eagerly asked 
her husband. 

" Who dead ? I do not knov/ of anyone." 
" Thank God," fervently exclaimed the captain, 
" but what could that have meant ? Ah, here she 
comes now, and I thought she was dead." 

A. W. M. 


On the evening of Feb. 27, Messrs. Holland '92 
and Jones '96 entertained the club by their exceed- 
ingly interesting addresses. During the past year, 
under the direction of Dr. Lindsey, 1hey have carried 
out experiments seeking to determine the effect of 
varying rations on the quality of butter. By means of 
charts and diagrams, lucidly explained, their methods 
of work and results obtained were set forth. 

The evening's program was a good illustration of 
what may be accomplished by persistent and careful 
work in a difficult field of study. 

This meeting was the last of the club's winter 
series, which has been well attended and thoroughly 
enjoyed by all. 


WiLLisTON, 12 ; Aggie, 9. 

Our basketball team was defeated by the Williston 
Seminary team, Saturday March 4, by the score of 
12 to 9. It was a very interesting game and the 
spectators seemed to be in good humor for they 
applauded all the good plays. Our team played a 
very swift game and although they were weak in 
throwing goals they succeed in keeping Williston 
guessing all the time. At the end of the first half, 
the score stood 4 to 3 in the home team's favor 
and it was hard to predict which team would 
come out ahead. In the second half our team was 
ahead within three minutes of the close of the game, 
but owing to a sudden brace of the home team, the 
latter succeeded in throwing two goals which ren- 
dered the game theirs. 

At 3-30 the ball was put in play, James having the 
advantage. Both teams had several good tries at the 
basket without success, then on a triple pass from 
Merge and Crawford, Neild scored for Williston. 
James fouled Neild and the latter missed the goal. 

As soon as the ball was put in play Rust fouled but 
McCobb missed his try. At this stage of the game 
several fouls were made on both sides. Neild scored 
on fouls by Dormanand James, while McCobb missed 
one try but scored the other. On a double pass 
Dellea scored, which made the score 4 to 3 in Wil- 
liston's favor. Both teams missed several good tries 
for the basket during the remainder of the half. 

The second half opened with two new men on Wil- 
liston's team. Guy and Totham were substituted for 
Rust and Merge. Rust hurt his shoulder and Merge 
sprained his ankle. Our team remained unchanged. 
After playing about a minute Crawford made a pretty 
goal on an overhead throw, which brought down the 
house. Aggie was not to be outdone and Dorman 
and McCobb made two easy baskets. On a pass 
from Crawford, Neild scored ; which put Williston 
again in the lead. Crawford had a mishap in that he 
sprained his knee. When the ball was thrown up it 
was passed to Dorman who found the basket on a 
pretty throw. This put us in the lead again. The 
game was now getting very exciting for Prof. Strong 
of Williston had to warn the spectators to keep quiet. 
The ball exchanged hands several times and at all 
attempts at goal were missed until Dibble made an 
easy goal for Williston from under the basket. A 
little later Guy made on easy goal which ended the 
game. The summary : 

Crawford, (Capt.) 1. f. 
Merge, Totliam, r. f. 
Neild, c. 
Dibble. 1. g. 
Rust, Guy, r. g. 


r. g., Dellea 

1. g., Halligan (Capt.) 

c, James 

r. g., Dorman 

1. f.. McCobb 

ScoJe — Williston 12, Aggie 9. Goals from field — Guy. 
Dibble, Neild, Crawford, Dellea. McCobb, Dorman 2. Goals 
from fouls— Neild 2, McCobb. Umpires— D. M. Clark of 
Westfield, J. Bower of Holyoke. Referee — Prof. Strong of 
Williston. Time— 20-minute halves. 

'96. — At a meeting of the South Bristol Farmers' 
club recently held, interesting and instructive papers' 
were read by E.W. and I. C. Poole. The subject of the 
formers' paper was " A History of the American Navy 
and a Brief Study of its Modern Types" of the latter, 
" Early Development of the Spirit that Built New 



^©lle^f f^otfs. 

— Examinations ! 

— Yale University has graduated 18,000 men. 

— The spring terna will commence, Wednesday, 
April 5th. 

— President Goodell spent most of last week in 

— Dr. J. B. Lindsay spent the latter part of last 
week in Boston. 

— B. K. Jones has been elected superintendent of 
the Baptist Sunday-school. 

— President Goodell made a short trip to Boston 
the latter part of last week. 

—The Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity were photo- 
graphed last week by J. L. Lovell. 

— This term will close, Thursday, March 23, exam- 
inations commencing next Monday. 

— Rev. William Ballou of Unity church occu- 
pied the College pulpit last Sunday. 

—J. G. Burrington, a former member of the Col- 
lege has been in town for a few days. 

— C. E. Stacy, formerly a member of the class of 
'99, recently spent a few days at the College. 

— Professor W. P. Brooks delivered a lecture at an 
Agricultural Institute held at Monson, March 8th. 

— The students will remember that all books must 
be returned to the library before the close of the term. 

— C. A. Nichols, a former member of the Boston 
League team, is now coaching the Amherst base ball 

— The machinery for use in the new dairy building 
has arrived at the College and will soon be set up for 

— Professor G. F. Mills served as moderator at the 
annual town meeting held in the town hall Monday, 
March 6th. 

— A large number of students and faculty attended 
the Kommers held in the College boarding-house last 
Friday evening. 

— The College catalogue will soon be published and 
will be issued to the students some time during the 
first part of next term. 

— The freshman basket ball team plays with the 
freshman team of Amherst college at the Pratt gym- 
nasium this afternoon. 

— Dr. Charles S. Walker, has had charge of the 
Bible study for the last two Sundays and will direct 
the study next Sunday. 

— A large number of students accompanied the 
basket ball team to Easthampton, when the game 
was played with Williston. 

— The stained glass windows which were injured by 
the severe storm of last month have been replaced in 
the chapel in good condition. 

— F. A. Merrill will read a paper at the exercises 
which will be held upon April 14. Mr. Merrill was 
chosen to represent the junior class. 

— Work on the Veterinary laboratory has been 
steadily progressing and it is hoped that the building 
will be completed some time next term. 

— The vote on the license question as given at the 
town meeting held recently was, no, 370 ; yes, 259 as 
opposed to no, 198; yes, 172 of last year. 

— W. E. Hinds has been chosen by the senior class 
to represent that body at the exercises held in com- 
memoration of Senator Morrill upon April 14. 

— Prof. C. S. Walker attended the annual reunion 
and banquet of the Yale Alumni Association of West- 
ern Massachusetts, recently held in Springfield. 

— The senior division in German has completed the 
work assigned for this term and has now taken up 
" Emilia Galotti," one of the famous German trag- 

— Professor S. T. Maynard gave an address last 
Saturday, before an Agricultural Institute held at 
Brookfield. He spoke upon " Roads and Roadside 

— There was a large audience at the lecture, held 
last Friday evening in the chapel. Professor Mills 
had previously delivered this lecture " Bees and 
Books," at Ware and also in this town. 

— Prof. Charles H. Fernald spoke at the meeting 
of the Pomona Grange held in town last Thursday. 
The professor spoke very forcibly in regard to the 
Gypsy moth and the San Jose scale and also of many 
other pests. 



— The students of the College received an invita- 
tion from President Seelye of Smith college to attend 
a lecture upon French Literature, delivered by Edouard 
Rod, at Northampton last Saturday afternoon. 

— Rev. Francis Tiffany of Cambridge, Mass. will 
lecture at the Unity Church this evening. He will 
speak on " Some Venetian Characters," and his 
address will be full of interest. Every one is urged to 
be present 

— A number of dissecting microscopes have arrived 
at the College, to be used by the students taking the 
different courses in Botany. The microscopes are of 
the latest pattern and will greatly facilitate the work 
of the students. 

— At a meeting of the College Y. M. C. A. held 
last Thursday evening the following officers were 
elected: Pres't, H. Baker; vice pres't. G. R. Bridg- 
forth ; cor. sec'y. W. A. Dawson ; recording sec'y. 
R. W. Morse; treas., D. W. West. 

— A large number of the students were present at 
the lecture recently delivered in town by Prof. F. H. 
Giddings of Columbia University. He showed clearly 
the position of the United States in regard to our new 
possessions and spoke in such a way as to be very 
interesting to all present. 

— Dr. Goessmann is to attend the annual meeting 
of the official inspectors of commercial fertilizers for 
New England and New Jersey which is to be held 
March 17 at New Haven. These meetings are held 
annually for consultation regarding the valuation of 
fertilizers. Dr. Goessmann's high repute as a chem- 
ist and experiment station authority brings him many 
duties in addition to his regular work. 

— President Goodell has received a communica- 
tion from the University of Gottingen, in Germany, to 
the effect that diplomas from this College will be 
accepted by the authorities there, but that the diplomas 
must be in Latin. This is a departure from the usual 
custom there and is a great benefit to this institution. 
Those of the senior class who desire it, may thus 
obtain their diplomas in the Latin script instead of in 
English. This will be very advantageous to the stu- 
dents, for many of the graduates of the College have 
continued their studies further, and obtained their 
degrees at the University of Gottingen, and many 
more will be likely to do so. 

— The first few games of base ball which ari 
played generally show a lack of practice in both c 
the contesting nines. In many colleges this is parti 
obviated by a series of practice games, held befor 
those regularly scheduled. Would it not be possibl 
for our manager to secure a week or so of pract'ic 
games, with some reliable nine before the seaso 
commences ? If this is practicable there is no dout 
that gratifying results would be obtained. 

— The last debate of the term, in the senior divi 
sion in English was held March 3rd. The proposi 
tion was that " The government should own and oper 
ate railroads," which was upheld by H. E. Maynar 
and M. H. Pingree. B. H. Smith and S. E. Smit; 
spoke on the negative side of the question and man 
others of the class volunteered on each sides. Th 
merits of the debate and of the question were given t 
the negative. Dr. Walker acted as judge. 

— The annual meeting of the senior members c 
the Life Board for the election of the new board c 
editors was held last Thursday afternoon. The followi 
ing men were elected : F. A. Merrill, A. C. Monahan 
G. F. Parmenter, C. A. Crowell, J. A. Hallagan c 
the junior class; A. R. Dorman, C. E. Gordon, A. C 
Wilson, D. S. Greeley of the sophomore class! 
H. L. Knight, L. C. Claflin of the freshman class 
At the first meeting of the new board of editors foi 
organization. F. A. Merrill was chosen editor-in-chi^ 
and G. F. Parmenter business manager. 

— As part of the required work of the term in thi 
senior division in Political Economy, each member c 
the class has written and read a thesis upon somi 
special phase of Economics. The following thesei 
were read : W. H. Armstrong, ■' Art and Industry; 
D. A. Beaman, •' Recent Changes in the Agricultun 
of Massachusetts " ; W. E. Chapin, " The Evolutio,( 
of the Standard Oil Company; " H. W. Dana, " TH 
Economics of Agriculture " ; H. E. Maynard, " Elec 
tricity as an Economic Force ; " S. E. Smith, " Cc! 
operation and the Farmer ; F. H. Turner, " Stoc( 

— The last meeting of the Chemical club was hel 
Feb. 27. Messrs. Holland and Jones of the Experi 
ment station were the speakers of the evening. Th 
discussion was confined to an experiment which Di 
Lindsay has been conducting this winter, the objec 




Ywhich has been to find out as to whether a direct 
''i[;rease of fat in milk could be obtained by feeding a 
'rjion containing a large amount of vegetable fat ; and 
jb. as to whether there would be any change under 
¥.h feeding in the composition of the butter fat. 
ie results will soon be published in full. After the 
■''lma\ discussion refreshments were served as usual, 
'■j^le the songs by Dr. Flint, Mr. Goessmann and Mr. 
'^nley, which came later, were duly appreciated. 

, —The eighty-five per cent, system of marking has 
(in in practice at the College for a number of years. 
r what extent this system has been successful may 
■)|judged by the students and faculty. Although it 
>'y provide a stimulus for better work to some stu- 
'l|ts, may it not also have a retarding and discour- 
jjlig effect upon others ? The training which is 
■)lained in examinations is of great importance to the 
nent after graduation. In these days of competi- 
ia and the system of Civil service examinations, a 
'hient who desires to obtain a position in certain 
^s of work must needs satisfactorily pass an exami- 
•i;ion. This is where training and experience is 
'nWed and just that confidence which is acquired by 
oj* practice. Although we do not wish to see this 
j.em immediately abolished, yet would it not be 
%jl to think over and consider the different phases of 
% question, having the best interests of the College 

'-Our drill hall offers a good many opportunities 
^introducing different indoor pastimes. One of the 
i|t beneficial of these is hand ball. Not only is 
:'i sport good as a physical exercise, but it is one of 
'I'best things, outside of actual playing, for develop- 
»^$he arms of fellows getting into condition for the 
i-a; ball season. There is plenty of room in the 
•oh end of the drill hall to mark off a court and yet 
«|e space enough so that both hand ball and basket 
la! could be played at the same time. The expense 
:;::iaking the court would certainly fall inside of eight 
t|ine dollars. Each fellow without a doubt could 
»|e ten cents, which would meet the required 
I'Unt. The drill hall is not very well fitted out at 
jit^resent time for indulging in indoor sports, but if 
;;;nfellows would only take in hand, one at a time, 
liJji matters as above mentioned, we would soon have 
ijjrygood gymnasium, and at the same time, the 

expense, being divided into such small amounts, would 
not be felt. 

— Last Friday evening there was held in the board- 
ing house a kommers. It was the first we have had 
during the College year, and if they are all to be like 
this, we only hope to see several more before the year 
closes. The tables, arranged in banquet order were 
decorated with flowers and presented a tempt- 
ing appearance. A substantial supper was first served 
which was followed by speaking and music. Dr. 
Walker acted as toast-master, and not only gave an 
interesting talk but seemed full of amusing stories 
which he scattered about with a lavish hand. Follow- 
ing him came a number of other speakers, among 
whom were Dr. Brooks, Dr. Wellington, Prof. Cooley, 
Messrs. Chapin '99, Munson '00, and Gordon '01. 
During the pauses between the speaking the banjo 
club rendered several fine selections which were much 
appreciated. The mandolin and guitar duets of Messrs. 
Canto and Henry were also greatly enjoyed. The 
gathering, which included nearly every fellow in Col- 
lege, broke up with the singing of College songs and 
the giving of College yells. 


During the past week we have received a letter 
from an alumnus who was a volunteer during the late 
war, which we take pleasure in printing in our alumni 
column. Now we have among our graduate column, 
the names of many others that served during the con- 
flict passed, and as a suggestion we would request 
that they give us their experience for publication, par- 
ticularly if they have served in any of our newly 
acquired territory. 

72. — In the last number of the Life we spoke of 
Mr. Frederick A. Ober, ex-'72, as author of one of 
the latest works on our newly acquired possession, 
Porto Rico, a copy of which he has presented to the 
College, but through mistake omitted his address. 
Mr. Ober's permanent address is 1608, New Hamp- 
shire Avenue, Washington, D. C. 

'72.— J. W. Clark, proprietor of the Mt. Warner 
fruit orchard at North Hadley, was one of the speak- 
ers at a farmers' institute held at Belchertown, 



72. — At an institute of the three counties and the 
Hillside Agricultural society held at Williamsburg, 
Wednesday, March 1 , Prof. S. T. Maynard gave an 
address on ■• Apple Culture." Last Saturday Profes- 
sor Maynard addressed an institute at Brookfield on 
"Roads and Roadside Improvement." 

75. — Prof. W. P. Brooks was absent from College 
last Wednesday, going to Monson where he addressed 
an institute meeting. 

'81. — E. D. Howe of Marlboro, master of the 
State Grange, was one of the speakers at a farmers' 
institute held under the auspices of the Hampshire 
Agricultural society at Belchertown yesterday. 

'82. — Herbert Myrick, editor-in-chief of the Ameri- 
can Agriculturist and New York and New England 
Homesteads did not address the Hampshire County 
Pomona Grange meeting last week, owing to his 
absence in California, but was substituted by F. H. 
Plumb '92. 

'83. Dr. J. B. Lindsey addressed an Institute 

meeting held under the auspices of the Eastern 
Hampden Agricultural society at Monson, Wednes- 
day, March 4. 

'84. — H. D. Holland, Amherst's popular chief of 
the Fire Department, has been re-elected sealer of 
weights and measures. 

'86.— Born Dec. 22, 1898 at Peabody, Mass., a 
son, Charles Gideon, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bryant 

'90. — It is rumored that Mr. Geo. B. Simonds is 
soon to become a benedict. His present address is 
Grove St., Fitchburg. 

'90. F. J. Smith has been absent from his duties 

at the Entomological department for the past week on 

'90. —Born at Marblehead, Mass., a daughter, to 
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar C. Gregory. 

'90. J. S. Loring and family have been spending 

the winter at the old homestead in Shrewsbury. 

'92, J. E. Deuel, formerly in a government posi- 
tion at Togus, Maine, is a member of the firm of 
Deuel Bros., druggists, Amherst. 

'92. — J. B. Knight made a flying trip to College 
last week. 

'92.— E. B. Holland assisted by B. K. Jones '9i 
addressed the Chemical club at its last meeting oi 
experiments that have been carried out at the station 
relative to the effect of feeding upon the percentag 
quantity and quality of butter fat. The lecture wa 
illustrated by means of charts, and a full description c 
the modus operandi was given. 

'92. — F. H. Plumb associate editor of the N& 
England Homestead, and Farm and Home, addresse 
the Hampshire County Pomona Grange at a meetin 
held in Amherst last Thursday, on a subject relativ 
to Grange work. 

'94. — In an interesting letter from Elias Dewe 
White to the alumni editor of the Life, Mr. Whit 
speaks of his experience during the late war. At th 
opening of the war Mr. White was engaged in tt 
railway mail service in Georgia. On May 2, 189 
he enlisted in Co. A 2d Georgia Volunteer Infantr 
His regiment was stationed for three months i 
Tampa, Fla., at Palmetto Beach and Tampa Height 
The company was first placed in the 7th Army Corp; 
transferred to Gen. Shaffer's corps and twice ordere 
to take transport for Cuba, but for some Inexplicab 
reason never actually embarked and was placed in 
4th army corps, was called on to quell the nej 
riot in Tampa on the night of June 9th, and was undi 
orders to proceed to Porto Rico when negotiation fi 
peace brought the war to a close. On Aug. 19 tl 
2nd Georgia left Tampa for Huntsville, Ala., and fro 
thence proceeded to Atlanta, Ga. where on Nov. I 
were mustered out. Mr. White was immediately returni 
to his former position. His permanent address is Ea 
Point, Georgia. 

'95. — E. A. White recently spent a few days 
town visiting friends. 

'95. — G. A. Billings has taken a position in t 
real estate business in Boston. 

'96. — A. S. Kinney, sup't of the Botanical depa: 
ment of Mount Holyoke college is also conductinj , 
class in Microscopical Botany. 

'96. — B. K. Jones, assistant chemist at the expej| 
ment station, has recently been unanimously re-elect 
clerk of the Church and superintendent of the Sundi 
school of the local Baptist church. Mr. Jones is a'iv 
president of the Amherst Local Union of the Y, 
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^oot-Ball Association, 
College Boarding Club, 

Howard Baker, Pres. 

C. L. Rice, Manager. 

F. H, Brown, Sec. 

.Athletic Association. 

Base-Ball Association. 

Nineteen Hundred and One Index, 

Prof. R. E. Smith, Sec. 

N. D. Whitman. Manager. 

P. C. Brooks, Manager. 

Entered at the Post Office as second-class mail matter. 


In another column is published the list of recom- 
mendations for promotion in the battalion as made 
lUt by Captain Wright when he left us about a year 
igo. The names have in no way been changed froin 
:hose given in the list now held by the President and 
3ur readers will find that many of the new officers 
lave since left college. Owing to the increased size 
)f the Senior class, many offices that before were 
leld by lower class men have been taken by members 
)f the graduating class. The list is about what was 
So be expected. 

The season for spring athletics has already begun, 
md again we expect to have a baseball team in the 
field. The averages of our team for the past few 
years are not such as they should be and we look to 
the coming season to recover some of our lost glory. 
We have been lamentably lacking in team work and 
this has been due, undoubtedly, to an absence of 
enthusiasm which has been felt in every department. 

This year we must correct this omission and all work 
together for the good of the college. A word to the 
wise is always sufficient and a hint to both players and 
spectators may not be remiss. If you win, bear your 
laurels modestly ; if you lose, lose like gentlemen. 

It is with deep regret that the Life learns of the 
resignation of Prof. E. R. Flint from the chemical 
department. For six years Prof. Flint has been 
closely identified with the college and has made him- 
self one of the most popular members of our faculty. 
He has been intimately connected with various socie- 
ties and as an alumnus, has always had a warm spot 
in our hearts. It will be extremely difficult for the 
Trustees to find another professor of Chemistry who 
can give as popular a course as did Prof. Flint and 
who can, with so little exertion, command the respect 
and admiration of the students. The Life is credit- 
ably informed that Prof. Flint intends to pursue his 
studies at the Harvard Medical School and later to 
hang out his shingle ; if this be the case we sincerely 
trust that he will occasionally refrain long enough 

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from sawing bones to think of his Alma Mater. For 
the students. Life wishes the Professor every sort of 
good fortune and to assure him that his old pupils will 
forever cherish his name as that of their greatest 

The world is too mucli with us : late and soon 
Spending and getting, we lay waste our powers : 
Little we see in Nature that is ours ; 
We've given our hearts away, a sordid boon ! 
The sea that bears her bosom to the moon ; 
The winds that will be howling at all hours. 
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers. 
For this, for everything, we're out of tune ; 
It moves us not — Great God I I'd rather be 
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn, 
So might 1, standing on this pleasant lea. 

Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn ; 
Have sight of Protens rising from the sea, 
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn. 

— Woi-dsworth. 
The world has been too much with us of late and 
we are indeed all out of tune. Each succeeding 
day serves but to impress this fact the more strongly 
upon our minds and to sadden our hearts when they 
should be gay and joyous. The world, with its bright 
sunny fields and its sheltered nooks, calls us from 
afar and we are so distracted with our false gods that 
we cannot appreciate that which is wholesome and 
natural. The future holds much that is for us, if we 
will but prepare ourselves for the gathering instead of 
spending our time in vain pursuits that but clog the 
sensibilities. Our day is one for well spent energies 
and it is a crying shame that we should ill-use a time 
that we can never recover. The good old Persian, 
Omar Khayyam, has well put it when he sings : 
"The moving finger writes ; and, having writ. 
Moves on ; nor all your piety nor wit 
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line. 
Nor all your tears wash out a word of it." 

On Friday last, April 14th, exercises were held in 
the Chapel commemorative of the late Senator Mor- 
rill of which a notice appears in another column. The 
spontaneity with which these anniversary exercises 
were held throughout the Union testified to the great 
esteem in which this man was held by all sorts and 
conditions of men. Senator Morrill has often been 
called America's " Grand Old Man " and the title was 
apply applied. His work was broadened by his strong 

individuality and his fertile intellect, together with the 
indomitable honesty of his character. As we look 
back over the acts of his life we are impressed with 
the terrible political gulf that stretched between him- 
self and the underbred hirelings that at this day infest 
the Senate chamber. He was an intellectual giant 
among pigmies during his last days at Washington, 
and we, who benefit by his efforts, cannot paint his 
character in too glowing colors. To millions of men, 
he opened the way to a brighter and more profitable 
life ; to thousands upon thousands he gave a more 
lucrative employment, and showed them newer paths, 
before untrod. He opened a fresh page in the his- 
tory of his country, when the clouds were the blackest 
and when no man knew whether the Union was des- 
tined to last or not. He knew no North or South ; 
only one country, one tlag, one race. To him all 
men were brothers, however mistaken they might be, 
and all were worthy of his best efforts. He gave 
freely of what he had, to be repaid with the feeling 
that he had, at least, bettered the lot of his fellow 
men. He identified his name with a system of col- 
leges that have no equal in their line of work and his 
epitaph is found wherever the wheat fields wave in 
the gentle breezes or wherever the colleges pour forth 
their graduates destined to continue his work. 

It has been brought to the notice of Life that sev- , 
eral members of the college fraternity have abused 
the common privileges of the various buildings upon 
the campus. As a result of this abuse the Reading 
Room has been closed by order of the directors. It 
is a deplorable fact that there are many such vandals 
who do not realize the enormity of their crime, and 
who still persist in destroying public property and 
infringing private rights. Every convenience that the 
dorm.itories have, has been placed in position for the 
good of the whole body of students and every act that 
tends to destroy or mutilate these conveniences is a 
direct blow at the student body. Various schemes 
have been devised to prohibit future nuisances but to 
know avail ; words have been spoken and mass-meet- 
ings held and little good has come therefrom. It is 
time for action, quick, decisive action ; and until such 
action is taken by the students themselves these 
despicable acts will continue. It was found neces- 
sary at the beginning of this term to re-establish the 

AG3iE i.IFE. 


system of Saturday Inspection and if due punishment 
can be enforced upon delinquents, the system ought 
to be a success. There has been a tendency in col- 
lege to shield any wrong-doer and to make light of his 
offense ; this is as reprehensible as the overt act 
itself and is as much to be condemned. A thorough 
publicity of any wrong act would no doubt put a stop 
to future repetitions. Life has always advocated the 
rights of the student body and never more firmly than 
it does to-day. If conclusive proof of any case of 
public vandalism or of defacing college property will 
be furnished Life, the fullest publicity will be given the 
affair ; not only in actions but in names. It is high 
time that conduct unbecoming gentlemen should 
cease to exist among us and it is the intention of 
Life to use every power available to put a stop to 
future depredations. 

The thirty-sixth annual Report of the College has 
appeared. As usual it contains besides the President's 
report the reports of the different college departments 
and of the Hatch Experiment'Station. The Trustees' 
report opens with a graceful tribute to the late Sena- 
tor Morrill which will be fully appreciated as it de- 
serves. The report of the Treasurer deserves some 
editorial mention as therein are contained items of 
vital interest. That item which is of some moment 
to us is the sum of $28 1 . 1 2 paid for advertising pur- 
poses. This is a matter that concerns the alumni as 
well as the undergraduate. There is hardly a busi- 
ness conducted upon modern principles that would 
show so small a percentage of actual expense as does 
this item for advertising. Out of a total of over $67, 
000 paid out, less than $300 was used for advertis- 
ing purposes. A college is as much of a business as 
is any other of the many corporations now in exist- 
ence and it must be set before the public in the 
proper manner if the public is to patronize it. With 
many colleges the alumni is a sufficient advertise- 
ment of that college, but with us this is a very differ- 
ent affair. Our alumni are scattered and do not 
make the showing necessary to call special attention 
to our work here ; our work is peculiar in itself and 
demands a thorough exposition before it will be 
received by those who will take it up. It is vitally 
necessary for us to place before the farmer and the 
mechanic the inducements that the Mass. Agricul- 

tural College has to offer them. They will never 
recognize these inducements unless brought forcibly 
to realize that we are in existence, and that we have 
the goods to offer them that they sadly need. A sys- 
tem of liberal but judicious advertising is essential to 
our prosperity and it is for the Trustees to outline such 
a plan as may meet the requirements of our case. 
We are in a transitional stage, where it is very im- 
portant that a false step should not be taken. A con- 
servative course may be a hinderance to our growth 
where a more liberal policy would greatly benefit us, 
by bringing before the people of this and other states 
the exact status of our college and by showing them 
the extent and quality of our work. But if more ad- 
vertising is to be done, let it be done thoroughly and 
properly. Poor advertising is even worse than none 
at all. This is a day of advertising, and upon every 
hand we can see its benefits ; no business man who 
has wares to sell ever hesitates to advertise and to 
advertise liberally. We have wares to sell, the 
highest and most valuable that the market affords, 
and our advertising should be in proportion to the 
value of our goods and not in an inverse ratio. 

Headquarters Clark Cadets, 
Massachusetts Agricultural College, 
Amherst, Mass., Sept. — , 1898. 
General Orders, ) 
No. 1. [ 

I. The following appointments of Cadet officers 
and non-commissioned officers are hereby made : 
1. Cadet Sergeant, Warren E. Hinds to be Cadet 
Cadet Sergeant-Major F. E. Turner to be Cadet 

1st Lieutenant and Adjutant. 
Cadet Quartermaster-Sergeant M. H. Pingree to 

be Cadet 1st Lieutenant and Quartermaster. 
Cadet Corporal A. A. Boutelle to be Cadet Ser- 

Cadet Corporal Wm. E. Chapin to be Cadet 

Cadet 1st Sergeant Dan Ashley Beaman to be 

Cadet Captain Co. A. 
Cadet Sergeant H. E. Maynard to be Cadet 1st 

Lieutenant Co. A. 
Cadet Sergeant C. E. Stacy to be Cadet 2nd 
Lieutenant Co. A. 





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Cadet Sergeant W. A. Hooker to be Cadet Cap- 
tain Co. B. 

Cadet Sergeant B. H. Smith to be 1st Lieutenant 
Co B. 

Cadet Carl Smith to be Cadet 2nd Lieutenant 
Co. B. 

Parmenter to be Cadet 



Cadet Corporal G. F 
1st Sergeant Co. A. 
Cadet Sergeant F. A. Merrill to be Cadet 1st 

Sergeant Co. B. 
Cadets 1, C. W. Smith ; 2, E. A. Sharpe ; 3, 
H. W. Dana ; 4, J. E. Halligan ; 5, Baker ; 
6, Kellogg ; 7. S, E. Smith ; 8, Crowell (color 
sergeant); 9, F. H. Brown; 10, A. D. Gile 
(Drum Major); to be Sergeants. 
The remainder of last years Corporals to retain 
their rank and grade, and such other corporals to be 
appointed by the President, on recommendation of 
their respective Co. Commanders and the Cadet 
Major, as may be necessary to form the squads in 
eight men and a corporal. 

By command of the President of the College, 
Cadet 1st Lieut, and Adjutant 
Clark Cadet. 

Imprfiiions ol an Idler. 

The summer term has opened among many and 
varied circumstances. By all odds the most conspic- 
uous thing about college is mud. It is conspicuous 
among conspicuous things. The lock on the reading- 
room door has unwittingly been the cause of many 
remarks and sorely tempted the weak-minded to do 
evil, the absent of the tinkle of the telephone bell has 
left a sort of vacant, hollow feeling in our heads, and 
the numerous " Thames " hats have dazzled all our 
eyes and dulled our foolish brains. No, there is no 
lack of attractions but the mud commands the greater 
part of the attention, it eclipses everything. The 
tramp, splash, splash, across the ravine to the Board- 
ing House six times daily produces a sensation some- 
what akin to the well known tired feeling of spring. 
Of course, these things are to be talked of just among 
ourselves. When we are with our friends away from 
our college, we discourse in raptures upon the beau- 
ties of our grounds, and we dwell with loving tender- 
ness upon the delights of an early morning walk under 

the Linden row by the roadside on the way to our 
breakfast. Then we can clearly see the hand of 
Nature all about us ; the bright sun peeps cautiously 
around the corner of the little house on Mt. Pleasant, 
the pretty brook sings merrily on its course through 
the ravine, and from the woods below rises from a 
thousand throats the clear and melodious note of the 

It is a pleasure to see how God and man has coop- 
erated to beautify these grounds. See the rolling 
landscape bedecked with graceful trees upon whose 
tender leaves no pernicious insect may ever dwell, 
note the circling roads and shady paths and bless the 
busy hand that from the rain, the wind and sun has 
forever protected the asphalt walk with a light and 
gentle covering of four feet of mother earth. Far 
from the grinding heel of man ; upon its smooth and 
even surface no daring wheelman will ever ride ; its 
character remains unsoiled, it is permanent and with 
the grounds will remain unharmed, unaltered till the 
end of time. 

* * * * 

Hundreds of the best educated men of the present 
time are spending their lives among the ruins of 
ancient cities studying the hieroglyphics on the 
Grecian walls, the Egyptian pyramids and the Mexi- 
can tombs. They find that these strange and fantas- 
tic figures are records of the people which when deci- 
phered will give to us the history of our ancient ances- 
tors free from the mythical stories of tradition. So 
absorbed have many become in the work, that neither 
thoughts of home and friends in a far away land nor the 
perils about them can drive them from their chosen occu- 
pation. Oh, how strong must be the attraction! How- 
ever, strong as it is in these ancient and time- worn char- 
acters.great as is the interest in the work of finding the 
hidden meaning, our descendents, our children of the 
second and third generations, will have records to 
decipher of far greater fascination. They will not be 
so old, nor so indistinct in outline but the meaning will 
be equally obscure. I refer to the hieroglyphics on 
the fly-leaves of our chapel hymn-books. What a 
wonderful collection these would make for a natural 
history museum ; poems, hymns, sketches of familiar 
objects, records of passing events, briefs of the ser- 
mon, comments upon the choir, notes on everything 
imaginable by the greatest authors and artists of the 



present day and of the past thirty-one years. The 
idle thoughts of idle fellows ; a strange mixture of wit, 
humor and pathos. What an impression must be 
formed upon the person who takes the trouble to look 
over these things ! What idea of the character of the 
student of to-day will the student of thirty years from 
to-day receive ? Take for instance the following rec- 
ord selected from a page on which was also written a 
parody on the hymn, •' Grace, it is a charming name." 
"Sunday, April 24, 1898. 

Seniors present 7, asleep I. 

Juniors present 5, asleep 5. 

Sophomores present 8, asleep 5. 

Freshmen present 14, asleep 12. 

Faculty present 1 , asleep -^." 
Thirty-five students present from a total of one hun- 
dred and sixty-six according to the catalogue for the 
year. Our children will say, " Surely, our fathers 

were religious." 

* * * * 

In a recent issue of the Time and Hour , in a series 
of articles entitled " Famous Persons at Home" is 
given a sketch of the life of William Henry Bowker, 
the head of the Bowker Fertilizer Company, a trustee 
of our college, and a graduate in the class of 71. 
Mr. Bowker justly deserves this distinction. He owes 
his success in life to the thorough training with which 
he fitted himself in his college days and to his far-sighted 
and honest business methods. We quote the follow- 
ing ; " Among more conspicuous persons it is interest- 
ing to note a most creditable representative of the 
upright business man, a race not perished out of the 
land, the good private citizen who succeeds in bene- 
fiting others while profiting himself by thought and 
pains — not taking bread out of anybody's mouth, but 
rather putting it in. It is not necessary for all men to 
build up their own houses by the ruins of the others, 
to be a bull living at the expense of bears, or a bear 
devouring unfortunate bulls. Even in the socialist 
economy such a man as William Henry Bowker 
would be pre-eminent." 

The article also contains a good word for 
the college that has sent out such men as Mr. 
Bowker and others whose influence is being felt 
wherever they may be. " There is no more useful 
course than that of the Massachusetts Agricultural 
College at Amherst, and it is pursued by earnest 

minded and generally hard-working young men. 
Let us hope this is true. 

The Idler. 



" My Mellicent. be calm!" he said much alarmed 
at the wild anguish of her manner, " you are now 
excited and view things falsely — you will not forsake 
your country, but rather advance her interests by 
gaining another warm heart and arm to her cause." 

"Oh! peace, peace ! I am calm now and again 
beseech you to leave me — on earth we are forever 
divided but there is a better and a brighter land, 
where we may meet when the dark sea of life has 
rolled into eternity. Farewell ! I love you deeply 
devotedly — I will never love nor wed another — your 
image is graven on my heart, your name will be 
breathed in stillness and prayer by my lips until I die, 
but a daughter of America shall never join her coun- 
try's foes, nor desert that country while gloriously 
struggling to be free! Farewell !" 

He drew himself proudly up, and folded his arms 
across his breast, " Enough, your choice is made, 
and so is mine, yonder come some of your boasted 
sons of Freedom, let them behold how an Englishman 
dare die !" 

As he spoke several American officers appeared in 
the distance. Mellicent gasped for breath. " Away, 
away — oh ! for the love of God — for my sake, who 
would die for you, begone! Montague, for mercy, 
fly I — let them not find you here. Oh, God, you have 
no pity, must I see you taken to die before my eyeS' 
if you would not kill me, begone, oh, begone ! before 
they see you ! 

•' You urge me in vain. / will not fly without you." 

" Then all is over, God ! for thy mercy ! they are 

Marmaduke Glanville who, though young, had so 
much distinguished himself already, that his impru- 
dent courage had carried him, at Bunker Hill, into 
danger, that nothing but Montague's presence could 
have saved him from, was amongst the group of 
officers who entered the arbor, and when his eye fell 
on the noble form of Montague, proudly standing 
with head uncovered and folded arms, he could not 
suppress the exclamation of surprised consternation 



which burst from his lips, and was instantly repeated 
by the others. " Who is he ? — what is he ? — is he a 
spy ? — is he an Englishman?" were questions poured 
upon Marmaduke. " 1 — I don't know — yes — no — that 
is — nothing." 

The commanding officer, General Lee, looked at 
him v/ith infinite surprise ; then, after a moment's 
pause, said — 

" Miss Glanville, this person is in your company, 
and I will take your word for what he is ; it would be 
all but blasphemy to suspect you of favoring a foe to 

All eyes were turned on Mellicent. Marmaduke 
looked earnestly at her, and suggested her answer by 
saying, " I think this is Jerry Walton from Baltimore, 
you expected him to-day. sister." 

" This is Colonel Frederick Montague, aid de camp 
to General Burgoyne," answered Mellicent, firmly, 
"he has passed our lines with a false pass, but not as a 

'• Colonel Montague ?" echoed all voices. 

" Even so, gentlemen," said Montague, advancing ; 
■' think not I have kept silence hitherto from unwilling- 
ness to declare my name, or dread of the conse- 
quences. 1 but awaited this lady's answer, that she 
might do herself the justice of displaying her patriot- 
ism, as it is. 1 am what she has said, and passed 
your lines by bribery. I know the consequences, and 
am ready to meet them ; there is my sword." 

" I take your sword, sir !" answered General Lee, 
" with deep regret, but it is my duty to order you under 
arrest until General Washington's pleasure be known. 
Captain Glanville, please to order a guard here." 

" Excuse me, sir ; this gentleman bravely saved my 
life at the risk of his own. My sister may murder 
him if she pleases, I will not." 

" I can sacrifice myself, but not my country," mur- 
mured she. " And you have done well, my best 
beloved," said Montague, ■• I would not have had it 
otherwise ; farewell, best and dearest of God's creat- 
ures ; farewell for ever !" He knelt and pressed the 
hem of her robe to his lips for a moment ; then ris- 
ing, firmly followed the guard. 

" Mellicent, God forgive you for this ; but how can 
you forgive yourself," exclaimed Marmaduke, as he 
rushed away. 

" Miss Glanville," said General Lee, " you have 
nobly done. Let England's ministers hear what an 
American girl can do for her country, and despair of j 
victory." i 

There was no answer to his words, and he turned 
back to look at her ; she was standing with her eyes 
fixed in the direction where her lover had gone ; sense 
and life seemed gone. Suddenly she gave a pierce- 
ing cry, and fell to the ground covered with blood ; a 
vein had burst, and the bright pure stream of life 
flowed fast from her livid lips. Resolution had lasted 
till all was done ; then nature prevailed, and sunk 
beneath the agony ; they carried her insensible to the 
house, and those that heard her mournful story, 
almost prayed that consciousness might never return, 
to madden her with the memory of that hour. 

And death itself had been welcome even in the 
tortures of the rack to the despair of Montague, as he 
paced the room of his confinement ; to be held a 
deserter and renegade to his countrymen ; to be 
thought a spy by the other side, and to die the igno- 
minious death of one ; even these things were light 
to the loss of Mellicent, to the thought that she 
could have saved him and would not. At night his 
solitude was broken by a footstep ; he started up, 
while his heart bounded with the hope that the devoted 
breast of woman had relented ; but no — it was Mar- 
maduke Glanville, and not his sister, who had entered. 

His appearance betokened hurry and agitation, his 
eye was troubled and his voice sad. 

"Colonel Montague," he said, "you are free! 
Here is a passport for the outer lines — Fight for 
Freedom is the watchword with the guard ; go at once 
and may God bless you !" 

" Who has done this ?" eagerly asked he ; " is it — 
can it be " — 

" Alas! no," interrupted Marmaduke, you are free 
by the permission of Washington himself. I hastened 
to him, I told the dreadful story of poor Mellicent's 
love and duty ; I told him that you had interposed 
your own breast between me and death ; I convinced 
him you were no spy ; his angel soul melted at the 
recital ; Washington accepts no triumph over a defense- 
less foe ; Washington can weep for the sorrow of an 
enemy ; Washington gives you your life and bids you 
go free !" 



" I thank you, Captain Glanvills, but your generosity 
is vain. I will not escape. 1 do not desire to live 
away from Meliicent." 

" Be not so rash — be not so cruel, the agony of my 
poor sister has already stretched her on the couch of 
pain and danger, her life hangs on a single thread, 
that thread will be snapped by your refusal to save 

" You have named a motive indeed for flight ; never 
will I add more to her misery or care. To me all 
things are equally joyless ; honor, fame, country, have 
no longer a charm to my heart. I will never strike 
another blow against a country that contains a woman 
such as Meliicent — a man like Washington. Hence- 
forth the love of woman is as a forgotten dream, the 
ties of home as the sound of far off music. Say to 
her, that as in life I have loved but her — so in death 
her name shall shall be last on my lips. Ask her to 
forgive the sorrow I have caused her, bid her forget 
the hopeless wretch who has blighted her young bloom, 
and heaped desolation on her heart. Tell her that 
many may love with better hopes, but none with 
deeper truth or more devoted passion. Farewell, my 

Who amongst us has not at some time been doomed 
to watch the awful footsteps of death on the person 
of some dear friend, some beloved relative whom we 
would have gladly shielded with our heart of hearts, 
whom to save we would have shed our blood by 
drops? Who has not known the faltering hope, the 
sickening dread, the hurried unwillingness to think, 
which fluctuate through the breast when bending over 
the suffering bed, the ghastly effort to smile that we 
may deceive others, the vain sophistry with which v/e 
strive to deceive ourselves, the lingering hope against 
hope, the impassive stunning, horror of the final con- 
viction that hope is gone. 

Such were the various feelings that agitated the 
hearts of a little group who were assembled in the 
sunny porch of a house in Chestnut street, on the 4th 
of July. 1776; an easy chair, propped by pillows , 
supported the shadowy form of a dying girl. Disease 
had not robbed that pale face of beauty, for her's was 
the beauty of soul, the spiritual loveliness which age 
cannot steal, nor decay wither. Resignation and 

love were graven on those wasted features, purity and 
holy pride still beamed from those bright but sunken 
eyes — her transparent hands were crossed over her 
faded bosom, and the words of gratitude and praise 
breathed from those pale, parted lips. Meliicent 
Glanville was dying, and she welcomed her doom with 
joy unspeakable. She never thought of sighing over 
her wasted bloom, or her early grave. By her stood 
her anxious father and brother, they had spoken of 
hope, but the words died on their lips, for they saw 
that she heeded them not. There was a holy rap- 
ture in her smile, as she looked out on the bright sky 
that plainly spoke her desire to be there. Death was 
very near, but it had no sting, the grave was open, but 
there was no victory. 

"Oh! my father, my brother, how beautiful is this. 
1 feel the warm sun upon my breast, and it seems the 
kiss of my God, imparting peace and love. I feel the 
soft breeze playing on my brow, and it whispers me of 
sins forgiven, of sorrows forgotten, of joy that passes 
all understanding. How full of mercy and goodness 
is He who created this world of beauty. I shall die 
in the blessed hope of my country's happiness. 1 shall 
be buried where its beloved sun will shine upon my 
grave I Oh! America, land of my love and pride, 
object of my earliest and latest prayer, my first lisp- 
ing accents blest thee, in the dark hour of bondage 
and oppression, my heart still poured its blessing on 
thy name, and now my failing breath blesses thee. 
Oh ! my country, my beautiful, my beloved, my father- 
land !" 

" My child, my child !" 

" Weep not dearest, most honored father, but 
rejoice that 1 go to my quiet rest. Rejoice that my 
head will repose on free ground, that the song of Lib- 
erty will be swept by the breeze over my grave. Oh ! 
may those who have bled for America be blest in 
themselves, be blest in their children, until time shall 
be no more. May the love of a rejoicing nation 
brighten their lives, and the tears of gratitude hallow 
their graves !" 

" And you too, my Meliicent, have contended for 
the righteous cause, have sacrificed for it life and 

He had touched a chord that ever vibrated to agony. 
A bright hectic flushed over her cheek, and a tear 
started at his words. It was the last flush of human 



feeling, that stained its purity or dimmed the heavenly 
lustre of her eye. At the moment, a long, loud shout 
was heard in the streets ; it was caught up and echoed 
in every direction ; it ascended to Heaven, and the 
blue vault on high rang with the joyous peal. The 
echoes reverberated back the sound, and heaven and 
earth seemed joined in one loud Hallelujah ! 

Mellicent laid her hand on her father's arm ; she 
could not speak, for emotion shook her wasted form 
almost to dissolution. A friend of Mr. Glanville's 
rushed into their presence, exclaiming " The Declara- 
tion of Independence has been read in the State House !" 

" Glory be to God in the highest !" exclaimed Mel- 
licent, starting up as with tenfold health and strength. 
" my country is free ! Lord ! now lettest thou thy ser- 
vant depart in peace I 

She fell back as the words passed her lips, her 
father caught her fragile form, but the spirit was fled 
forever. The sudden joy had snapped the last cord 
which bound it to earth, and released the immortal 
soul from its bondage of clay. She had died in the 
moment so long, so fervently prayed for, in the full 
fruition of joy. in the perfection of her treasured hopes, 
and she had died most happy. She was not doomed 
to suffer the long suspense, the alternate of hope and 
despair which followed. She went from a world too 
cold and cruel, to contain a being so pure, so heavenly, 
and rejoicing angels bore the emancipated spirit to its 
native skies. 

They made her grave in the spot she loved, where 
the fiov/ers bloom fairest and the sun shines brightest; 
and they laid her there in her young loveliness, beneath 
a sky which was not brighter nor purer than herself. 
They planted the hallowed turf with blossoms, beauti- 
ful as the one who sleeps beneath, and the night 
breeze wafts the incense of their perfume to the sky. 

To that holy spot, for many a year, would the mai- 
dens of America come, and invoke the blest spirit of 
the beautiful blessed one who rests beneath ; and 
there traditions say, has her hallowed form been seen 
to glide, blessing again the land she loved so well, and 
hailing with holy joy, the liberty and peace for which 
she gladly sacrificed herself, and died — a Patriot 

H, McK. Zella. 



Memorial services in honor of the late Justin Mor 
rill. United States Senator from Vermont, were held a 
10-30 last Friday morning, in the Stone chapel. Thert 
was a very good attendance of townspeople in additior 
to the student body. At the left of the platform 
resting upon a stand, draped with the American flag 
was a bust of Senator Morrill, thrown against a back 
ground of black ; presenting a very tasty appearance 

The services were opened by the reading of a lette 
by President Goodell from Governor Wolcott 
expressing regrets that he was not able to be present 
Following this was the opening address " Reminis 
cences of Senator Morrill," by President Goodell, ii 
part as follows: "A man of merit; the greates 
product of New England. To-day, the East, the 
West, the South unite to praise his name. To me 
has been assigned the duty of recording such reminis- 
cences as I have of Justin S. Morrill. If, therefore 
I touch too lightly on those me asures with which hi 
was so intimately connected and upon the passage o 
which rests the glory of his life, you will understani 
that it is because these measures have been assignei 
to others. 

Peace hath its victories as well as war. The ont 
triumphs in the realm of the mind ; the other in the 
domain of force. To-day in every state of this grea 
Union services of remembrance are being held on the 
anniversary of the birth of a hero of the Green Moun- 
tain state, the honored senator, the late Justin S 
Morrill whose victory with the pen has been quite a? 
grand as that of Dewey's sword. Within the walls o 
sixty-six institutions devoted to higher learning are 
gathered at this very hour 30 regiments of students, ar' 
army of young men and women 30,000 strong, off icerec 
and led by 2,000 of the best captains of the age, to offe 
their grateful tribute to the one whose wise forethough 
has made it possible ' to promote the liberal and prac 
education of the industrial classes in the several pur 
suits and professions of life.' My acquaintance witi 
Senator Morrill commenced in 1887, when anniver- 
sary exercises celebrating the close of the seconc 
de-cennial of the existence of this college were held 
He came, but only to be summoned away in a fev 
brief hours, to the bedside of his son,who had sud- 
denly been stricken down by sickness. That firs 
impression of the man has never left me. The tal 



commanding form, the exquisite courtliness and grace 
i3f manner betoi<ening the old school gentleman, the 
Durit)' of soul shining in his face, but withal united 
twith a certain dignity and reserve, beyond which none 
;ould pass, made up a personality that made itself 
nstinctively felt and revered. 

It was not my fortune to meet Senator Morrill 
again until 1890, when at his request 1 joined several 
Dther college Presidents in Washington, for consulta- 
;ion on the resolve then pending to increase in equal 
II jmounts the maintenance funds of the colleges of agri- 
:ulture and mechanic arts. From that date to 
December, 1898, not a year passed in which I did not 
ii see him several times in his committee-room or at 
iliis own home. Those of us who watched the course 
jf events during the passage of the resolve will not 
;oon forget the wisdom with which he guided it. 
Keenly alive to the deficiencies of his own education, 
6,16 early resolved to introduce some measure for the 
ligher education of the industrial classes. The col- 
1 leges, as then carried on, offered a general education, 
1; or one fitting for the so-called learned professions of 
medicine, law and theology. He believed that a col- 
ege education could be so directed as to prepare men 
for the industrial professions as well as for the learned 
professions. That the ' new education,' as it was 
called, answered a long felt want, the roll call of 
sixty-six institutions under the acts of 1862 and 1890, 
iwith their $56,000,000 invested in permanent endow- 
ment, building and equipment, and an annual revenue 
apf nearly $6,000,000, makes an eloquent reply. Sen- 
(lator Morrill was intensely interested in their success. 
,i In a letter bearing the date of November 27, 1898, 
j,ie asks that I would get him 'the complete returns 
5Jof all the agricultural colleges, so as to show the 
(,ivhoIe number of their students who suddenly leaped 
,|,linto the patriotic service of their country.' Under 
j.ihe date of December 16, 1898, he writes: 'You 
ij. rnay rely upon it that if I see any opportunity during 
lU :he present session to make the appropriation, now 
,,.?iven the colleges, permanent, I shall do whatever may 
jjoe in my power in that direction.' 
I W. E. Hinds '99 next spoke on " The Morrill act 
bf 1862," relating the many difficulties under which 
Senator Morrill labored in introducing his " new sys- 
tem of education," and giving some of the grand re- 
sults obtained from its passage. F. A. Merrill '00 

spoke on " The Morrill act of 1890 and its scope ; " 
the purport of which act was to equalize the mainte- 
nance funds of the different agricultural institutions, 
as up to this time these funds had been very unequally 
divided, the state of New York having several mil- 
lions of dollars, v/hile the state of Massachusetts had 
only a few hundred thousand. Prof. Geo. F. Mills, as 
last speaker of the morning, gave an address on '■ Sen- 
ator Morrill's work for popular education," speaking 
more particularly on the two lines along which Sena- 
tor Morrill worked for the popular education ; his 
advocacy of legislation looking to the endowment and 
maintenance of colleges of agriculture and mechanic 
arts, and that education of himself, which prepared 
him for the duties of an active and useful life. He 
dwelt particularly upon calm and determined manner 
in which the late senator stood by and fought for his 
measures until at last the door to higher education 
was opened wide for the industrial classes. Of great 
interest and benefit was the review Prof. Mills gave of 
the earlier years of Senator Morrill's life, showing the 
growth into mature manhood of that indomitable 
'• Yankee " character which knows no difficulties. 

Secretary Wm. G. Sessions of the state board of 
agriculture and J. H. Demond of Northampton, one 

of the Trustees, were present. 



For the benefit of those interested in the college 
and in this publication particularly, a statement from 
the retiring manager may not be out of order. 
Liabilities, none. 

Cash on hand, $I00.C8 

June '96-'97, $49.00 

Subscriptions, " '97-'98, 75.00 

" '98-'99, 164.00 




There is no question about the cash on hand and 
for advertising nearly the entire amount can be col- 
lected but the amount credited to subscriptions should 
be cut at least a half and perhaps a little more. 
Most of our advertising contracts expire in October. 

For subscriptions a slightly larger sum is due now 
than was due a year ago, while in the advertising 
department practically the same amount is due now 
as was due last year. 



folle^f flotfs. 

— Baseball ! 

— W. R. and C. A. Crowell have left college. 

— The senior class has decided to hold class day 

— Six practice games with Amherst will no doubt 
be of great benefit to our baseball team. 

— Inspection of rooms has been resumed this term 
and is under the direction of Prof. Lull. 

— The annual banquet of the class of 1901 will be 
held at Springfield on the night of April 2 1 . 

— A. W. Morrill 1900, has been appointed to the 
Life board to fill the vacancy caused by C. A. Crow- 
ell's retirement. 

— Last week, Graves our plucky first base man 
slightly injured his shoulder, which will prevent his 
using his arm for some time. 

— Paul 1901 who has been with the 8th regiment, 
in Cuba has returned to Boston, and will probably 
re-enter college within a few weeks. 

— At a meeting of the baseball team shortly before 
the close of last term, J. E. Halligan was elected 
captain and N D. Whitman, manager. 

— The first real out-door baseball practice of the sea- 
son was on Monday, April 10. It showed spirit, and 
proved that the hard winters practice is very benefic- 
ial to the men. 

— The six men of the Junior class to complete for 
the Flint oratorical prize at commencement will be : 

E. T. Hull, M. H. Munson, J. W. Kellogg, H. Baker, 

F. G. Stanley, and A. C. Monahan. 

— Owing to the unavoidably slippery condition of 
their diamond, the Amherst baseball team has been 
pi-acticing on the M. A C. campus for a few days, 
until their grounds shall have assumed a more inviting 

— The following men have been chosen to speak 
before the faculty in competition for the Burnham four : 
From the Sophomore class: J. C. Barry. G. R. 
Bridgeforth, W. C. Dickerman, E. S. Gamwell, C. 
E. Gordon, Thaddeus Graves, Jr., E. L. Macomber, 
C. L. Rice, R. 1. Smith, N. D. Whitman. From the 
Freshman class : M. A. Blake, A. L. Dacy, J. M. 
Dellea, E. S. Fulton, J. C. Hall, H. L. Knight, C. I. 
Lewis, E. T. McCobb. R. W. Morse, D. N. West. 

— The spring term schedule has undergone sue 
attentions and repairs, that two days after the openin 
of the term it appeared but as a ghost of the elaborat 
production of an ingenious committee. 

— For the spring term the Juniors have electee 
the following officers : President, F. H. Brown; vice 
president, Howard Baker ; secretary and treasure 
M. H. Munson; reading room directors, Messn 
Kellogg, Lewis. 

— The class of '99 has elected the following off 
cers: President, F. H. Turner; vice-president, B. I- 
Smith ; secretary, H. W. Dana; treasurer, W. .^ 
Hooker; photograph committee, Messrs. Beamai 
Chapin, Hinds ; class cup committee Messrs. Arn- 
strong. Walker, Smith. 

— The thawings caused by the spring sun is cei 
tainly an excellent test of the quality of a road. W' 
regret that the conditions of some of the roads abou 
the college grounds leads us to believe them to be c 
rather hasty construction. It can scarcely be sai 
that a road with over eighteen inches of mud on it i 
a credit to a model institution such as this is suppose 
to be. 

— Athletics have always been an excellent advertis 
ing medium for any college. Baseball and footba 
have helped to bring men to this college much mor | 
than many people are v/illing to allow ; but such team' 
are very expensive, and not so sure of success. No'^' 
a track team seems to suit our needs as regard 
expense, advertising, and athletic excitement muci 
better than either baseball or football. It does nc 
require the ability to " play the game," which welact 
It offers a great opportunity for individual work — s 
disastrous to our teams of late. If one man shouli 
prove a " record breaker " — and it would be nothini 
uncommon in a small college — this institution wouii 
become known to nearly all the higher schools in thl 
United States. A baseball or football team couli 
not do this because there is not the same method o 
comparison. An athlete here can be compared witi 
one in California by his record ; but who can say c 
two baseball teams which is the better until they hav 
met on the dia.mond. The experimental stage of th 
track team was passed two years ago ; it shoul 
become firmly fixed in our athletic curriculum. It i 
the duty of the upper classmen to consider th 




Athletic No^S- 

Amherst, 1 1 ; Aggie, 3. 
The first of the series of practice games between 
lese two teams was played Saturday, April, 15 on 
le campus and it resulted in the above score. 

The game was very slow, one hour and a half being 
quired to play five innings. 

Had Bodfish who pitched an excellent game, 
ceived any kind of support the result would have been 

Harris excelled for Amherst while Macomber made 
pretty catch after misjudging a fly ball. 

The summary is as follows : 


.ms, m 
)yse. m 
tster. 1 

^"hitney. c 
ighter, 1 
nker. 3 
pompson, 2 
'apo, s 
3uch. r 
B. Thompson, r 
ent, p 


j.'-man. 1 
alligan. 2 
irry. c 
Dok, s 
Ddfish, p 
cgers. 3 
;00ker, 1 
enry, 1 
acomber, r 
ierson, m 





1 1 





mherst, 4 13 1 2—1 1 

Aggies," 2 1 0—3 

Times at bat. Amherst, 26, " Aggies," 19. Total bases. Amherst 14, 
, Aggies " 4. Stolen bases, Harris 2. Foster 5, Whitney, Righter, Tinker, 
ihompson. Crape 2. C. B. Thompson. Two-base hits. Harris 2. Thomp- 
m. Pierson. Three-base hit, Tinker. First-base on balls. Foster. Right- 
■. Tinker. Crapo. Kent. First-base on errors. Amherst 3. " Aggies" 2. 
ett on bases. Amherst 8, " Aggies " 1 . Struck out, Whitney 2, Tinker 2. 
rapo, Couch 2. Dorman, HaiUgan, Barry, Bodfish, Macomber, Pierson, 
alters hit. Whitney, C. B. Thompson. Passed balls. Barry 3. Time, Ih., 
Om. Umpire, C. L. DeWitt, Amherst, '99. 






Amherst at M. A. C. campus 

Tufts " Amherst 

Williston '■ 

Tufts " Medford 

Williston " Easthampton 


Living Plants by Arthur and Mac Dougal consists of 
a collection of popular addresses recently presented by 
the authors. In one of the interesting articles 
comprising the volume the writer proves the 
universality of consciousness and pain. He claims 
that a plant is really hurt when pulled forceably from 
the ground, suffering its modicum of pain although 
unaccompained by signs that make the fact known to 
us. He does not however claim that all plants and 
animals are equally sensitive to irritation or injury 
but that they are conscious in proportion to the degree 
of their organization. 

The Federation of the World by Trueblood is the only 
book of its kind in our library. The aim of the book 
is to sho\v that the condition and nature of man and 
society is such that a general federation of the world 
ought to exist. Was Tennyson's ' ' parliament of man, 
the federation of the World" nothing but a false 
dream? The author answers '-no " to this question 
in a very convincing manner. It is his conviction 
that such a state of harmonious co-operation of 
humanity is possible and he sees indications of the 
existence of the congress of nations in the near future 
with a system of peaceful settlement of international 

ALUMNI : Your correspondence is solicited. • 
72. — Frank C. Cowles, address 223 1-2 Pleasant 
St.. or care Norcross Brothers, No. 10 E. Worcester 
St., Worcester, Mass. A mistake was made in a 
previous issue of the Life, the above being Mr. 
Cowles correct address. 

'88. — Y. Mishima is at present in Tokio, Japan. 

'89. — R. P. Sellew is with the Marsden Company, 
of Owensboro, Ky, This company has patents on the 
extraction of cellulose from corn stalks. The princi- 
pal use of this product at present is, for lining naval 
vessels behind the plates to prevent the entrance of 
water in case a shot penetrates. The Oregon and 
Raleigh now have it. and all the new ships, such as 
the Kearsage, Maine, and others to be built, have it 
included in the specifications. As a by-product with 
this cellulose, they get a large amount of cattle feed 



which can be sold at a moderate price. Mr. Sellew 
is in charge of this department. 

Ex.-'9i. — C. N. Du Bois, address No. 28 Temple 
Avenue, Wlnthrop, Mass. 

'92. — F. G. Stockbride has accepted a position as 
superintendent of gardens for the Residential Park 
Association. Address Harrison, N. Y. 

'94. — H. M. Fowler is in the railway mail service 
running between Mew York and Boston. In his letter 
to the Life he mak.'^s the following suggestions: " I 
think what the old men want is college news, alumni 
notes, editorials, and things connected with the col- 
lege, and not continued stories or storiettes. While 
I appreciate the fact that much time may have been 
put into them by the authors I fear they do not receive 
enough consideration from the readers to justify the 
work involved. As far as filling up and making a 
respectable sized volume goes, I, for one, had rather 
see a book of half the size and find what I am inter- 
ested in, than to have to read or look over what I 
care nothing about. Let me suggest that a series of 
papers appear in the Aggie Life from representatives 
of each graduating class. One or more to be pub- 
lished every issue. Let the subject be connected 
with the college ; something that occurred while the 
writer was in college, or some similar subject." In 
brief answer to the above it may be said that the sug- 
gestions are very good, but ! If we are to have a 
better showing in alumni notes, editorials, etc., etc., 
we must have an alumni that is wide awake, the mem- 
bers of which show their interest by subscribing for 
the " Aggie Life " and to those who have not done 
so, paying their subscriptions promptly. Occasional 
notes of interest would also be gratefully received. 
Good attendance at alumni dinners is another way of 
manifesting interest. There has been a deplorable 
lack of manifest interest (and after all, that is what 
counts) on the part of the alumni in the past, and we 
have hopes that Mr. Fowler's is but the opening note 
of an awakened interest and enthusiasm. It is but 
another application of those immortal words of Lin- 
coln, " United we stand ; divided we fall." 

'95. — Fairbanks is to take a two years' tour abroad 
as the tutor of two boys.travelling through France, 
Germany and Switzerland. During this time, he 
expects to take advantage of his leisure moments by 
studying for our M. A. degree. 

'95. — Kuroda is in Osaka, Japan, working for a 
foreign firm. 

'95. — G. B. Lane addressed the Farmers Institute 
at Millbrook, Mooers Mills, and Rhinebeck, N. Y„ 
March 15th, 16th and 17th. 

'96. — Seijiro Saito is now instructor in mathematics 
and English at the Tokio Mathematical Institute and 
the Imperial Mercantile Marine College. 

'96. — Tsuda is still editing an agricultural paper in 

'96. — P. A. Leamy, address Butte, Mont. IVir, 
Leamy is principal of the West Broadway public 
school at the above place, and on the occasion of 
Washington's birthday of this year delivered an add- 
ress before its citizens, taking the anti-annexionist side, 

'97. — John Marshall Barry, Landscape gardener; 
(office) Exchange Building, 53 State St., (Room 303) 
Telephone 715 Boston. Mr. Barry has charge of the 
seed and hardware bnsiness for Joseph Breck Sons 
(Corporation)51-52 North Market St., Boston, Mass, 
and orders for seeds or hardware, sent to him, will be 
promptly attended to. Mr Barry is also Secretary 
and Clerk of the Massachusetts Agricultural College 
Alumni Club of Massachusetts. 

'97. — H. F. Allen is going west. Present address 
Northboro, Mass. 

'97. — C. A. Peters will deliver a paper before the 
Chemical Club of Yale University on April 14th, the 
subject to be •• The Titration of Potassium Perman- 
ganate by Oxalic Acid in the presence of Hydrochloric 

'98. — Willis Fisher has accepted a position as tea- 
cher in the Centre School at Blanford. 



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AMHERST, MASS., MAY 3, 1899. 

NO. 13 

Published Fortnightly by Students of the Massachusetts Agricultural College. 

Students and Alumni are requested to contribute. Communications should be addressed, Aggie Life, Amherst, Mass. Aggie Life will bs sent 
to all subscribers until its discontinuance is ordered and arrears are paid. Subscribers wtio do not receive ttieir paper regularly are requested to notify 
th« Business Manager. 



GEORGE FREEMAN PARMENTER. '00, Business Manager. 
'01, Ass't Business Manager. 





Terms: $1.00 per gear in adoance. Single Copies, 10c. Postage outside off United States and Canada, 25c. extra. 


Y. M. C. A. 

Foot-Ball Association, 
College Boarding Club, 

Howard Baker, Pres. 

C. L. Rice, Manager. 

F. H. Brown, Sec. 

Athletic Association, 

Base-Bali Association, 

Nineteen Hundred and One Index, 

Prof. R. E. Smith, Sec. 

N. D. Whitman, Manager. 

P. C. Brooks, Manager. 

Entered at the Post Office as second-class mail matter. 


" Our country right or wrong ; if right, sup- 
port her ; if wrong, stand by and make her 

On May 1st, 1898, there occurred a naval victory 
in Manila Bay which proved for all futurity that the 
United States of America had lost none of its mari- 
time prestige so well established during the early years 
of national development. Whatever our land achieve- 
ments may have been, from the first gun at Lexington 
to the latest at Galumpit, it is an indisputable fact that 
our navy has been preponderantly successful. With 
such illustrious names as Paul Jones, Isaac Hull, 
Oliver Hazard Perry, Stephen Decatur, and David 
Glasgow Farragut must be placed that of George 
Dewey. This man, hardly known to the American 
people at large, placed himself in the front rank of 
naval fighters when he sailed past the guns of Cavite 
and sank the Spanish fleet under the very walls of an 

arsenal. The achievement of itself was to be 
expected of such a man as Dewey by those intimately 
acquainted with him, but to the people, in general, 
the event came as an unexpected victory complete in 
every detail. Nor have later acts of this commander 
dimmed in any way the prestige and glory of his 
former actions. It is wonderful to find a man who is 
as much of a diplomatist as he is a naval strategist ; 
these two qualities have seldom been linked together 
in one man. Few events in national life have appealed 
more strongly to the pride of a people than this mighty 
stroke of Dewey and his men. Whatever we may 
think of the management of the war, Dewey's part 
was so clean-cut and conclusive that words of con- 
demnation can not be used. His work stands out in 
glorious contrast to that of other commanders whose 
opportunities were just as great. Now that this coun- 
try has adopted a system upon which there is a diver- 
sity of opinion, it behooves each and every one of us 
to act in such a manner that the glory of these United 
States shall not be smirched by word or deed of ours ; 
this is our country, our nation, our flag ; we are bound 



to honor and defend it, right or wrong. If right, we 
shall glory in it and support its advances with all the 
powers at our command ; if wrong, we must place it 
right before the whole world. 

The action of President Goodell in granting a gen- 
eral holiday on May 1st is to be highly commended. 
It was a graceful tribute from one who had figured in 
the Rebellion to the national hero of our latest war. 
Dewey day was general and spontaneous throughout 
the country, and it was eminently fitting that an insti- 
tution that owes as much to the government as we do, 
should suspend exercises in honor of the man who has 
placed our flag before the nations of the world. 
Within the narrow confines of a panelled cabin, 
besides the monster eighty-ton guns hardly cool from 
recent firing, sits a solitary figure in that distant land. 
Upon his shoulders rest the complicated relations of 
national powers ; at his word the spreading villages of 
a half-naked people could be laid in ruins, or the 
greatest of nations precipitated into bloody warfare, 
and yet he sits undisturbed and cool, complete master 
of the situation. Thousands of miles separate him 
from his green mountain home, and yet, on May first, 
George Dewey could hear the trem.endous plaudits of 
seventy millions of people and could feel the sympa- 
thetic heart-beats of his countrymen as they wished 
him a long and prosperous life. 

We desire to congratulate Prof. R. G. Lull for 
ourselves, and for the college at large, upon the 
choice made by Prof, Osborn of the American 
Museum of Natural History of New York. Prof. 
Lull is to accompany a scientific expedition to the 
Bad Lands of Wyoming, that is being sent by the 
above named institution, and although we shall lose a 
valued professor, yet we must content ourselves for 
the cause of science. The choice of a professor from 
our college to act as a member of a scientific corps 
whose work in past years has been of wide import- 
ance, is but another encomium of the work done by 
our specialists and by Prof. Lull in particular. 

In another column the Life announces its first 
prize offer for stories to be written by undergraduates 
of the college. It is to be hoped that every man 

eligible to compete will feel it incumbent upon him- 
self to offer some sort of manuscript for the judges' 
inspection. Of late years there has been a dearth of 
good stories from the undergraduates, and Life feels 
that it is about time that something was done to 
stir up a more enthusiastic feeling among the students. 
A college paper must be essentially a paper of the 
college and in order to be that it must have the sup- 
port of the college body. The senior members of the 
board have the right to elect members to its body or 
to discharge present members as the circumstances 
may demand, and all manuscripts submitted for this 
prize will also count in any future changes that may 
be deemed necessary. 

Within the past few weeks there has been evinced 
by cerfain members of the college and by the Advi- 
sory Board, a desire to reopen the Reading Room 
under an entirely new management. That the old 
method of management proved to be a failure is ad- 
mitted upon all sides and the necessity of having some 
room devoted to periodicals under a new system of 
procedure has been strongly felt. An institution of 
the size of this college should easily support such a 
scheme and it is to be regretted that some members 
within our walls are of so small a calibre that they 
cannot see the benefit to be derived from a privilege 
such as this, conducted in a civilized manner. These 
little collegians are apt to dwarf the general good to 
be derived by petty squabbles that are not worthy the 
name of objections, and to withhold their support to 
what should be made a great public good. 


In our last issue, we mentioned editorially certain 
facts and fancies concerning that association of stu- 
dents familiarly known as our Base Ball Team ; we 
would be pleased to add a few words to our statement, 
heretofore published, but unfortunately, like a noted 
historical people, our players have "folded their tents, 
like the Arabs, and as silently stolen away." This 
condition of utter void in the base-ball world is due to 
a situation highly disgraceful to any community that 
terms itself even half-civilized. It is, indeed, a sad 
acknowledgement of the fact that, as a college, we 
are to lose all standing, and that we are incapable of 
supporting a team to represent us upon the diamond. 



Beside the example of our lack of college spirit, we 
have established a precedent that is irretrievably bad : 
one that will require years to efface. It would have been 
a thousand times better to have had a team in the field 
even though that team be badly beaten in the only game 
scheduled. And to what condition is this state of 
affairs due ? Mainly to the fact that there are men 
in college whose actions are not honorable, whose 
words cannot be trusted, and whose signatures are 
hardly worth the paper on which they are written. 
There are, it must be admitted, other causes, such as 
a lack of enthusiasm, but the primary fact remains 
that when a man sets his name to a subscription 
paper in this institution, there is absolutely no guaran- 
tee that he will live up to his word, and until some of 
our undergraduates become sensible of what course is 
the honorable one, there will be little need to organize 
any sort of athletic teams. 

It would seem to be necessary to put in a plea for 
better English among our general writers of the day. 
The English language, mongrel though it may be, is 
well adapted to certain formations of a rhythmical 
nature and its abuse is entirely inexcusable. We, as 
a people, are apt to slight our mother tongue in a 
manner highly immoral ; we are prone to rush into 
print upon any and every occasion, and our choice of 
words is often as unhappy as is our construction of 
thought. We have the misfortune to be born in 
that age, justly termed the financial, when our 
endeavors go rather toward the sham than the sub- 
stantial so long as we can realize the temporary luxu- 
ries of the hour. We do not build for the future ; we 
are concerned only with the needs of the passing day. 
To us who are about to enter the arena of the world, it 
is highly important that we should have a just percep- 
tion of the capabilities of written speech, for we are to 
use it in whatever pursuit we are to follow, and it will 
become us well if we can transfer our thoughts con- 
cisely and accurately. There is no excuse for a col- 
lege graduate to make a poor use of the English lan- 
guage and yet how often this is done I How often do 
we not find obscure expressions that have no reason 
for existing ? More important than Latin or Greek, 
more valuable than a knowledge of any continental 
language, is a clear perception of the capabilities of 
English. English is universally the language of busi- 

ness, just as French is of society or Italian of the 
finer phases of love, and as we are placed in the 
midst of this financial era from which we draw our 
well-being, it is highly essential that we should go 
farther than mastering the rudimentary intricacies of 
its construction. 

As the weeks pass rapidly by, the duties incident to 
the regular commencement exercises claim our atten- 
tion and demand our serious condition. Owing to 
unavoidable circumstances, all Class Day ceremonies 
were omitted last year and this proved to be a griev- 
ious omission. With the present graduating class no 
such circumstances have arisen, and it is greatly to 
the credit of Ninety-nine that plans have already been 
matured that point to a well conducted Class Day. 
This institution, devoted to the senior class, is one in 
which much that is good can be accomplished and it 
remains for the future to determine how extensive 
that good may become. Class Day is the Senior's 
own day, when their individuality, when their best 
comes unhampered to the top, and it behooves each 
member of that class to exert himself to the utmost 
that the glory of this college may suffer no detriment 
at his hands. Class Day is not a time for make-shift 
orations or doubtful poetical flights, but is rather one 
for great exertion and solid, substantial labor. The 
alumni have returned to their Alma Mater in stronger 
numbers than at any time during the year, and it is 
the duty of every speaker to so impress these gradu- 
ates that the work done then will be remembered 
with favor until the next graduation thesis shall be 
read. To the committee in charge of the class 
speakers. Life would say but one word. Let no ulter- 
ior motive influence your choice ; select those, and 
those only, who are fully capable of performing the 
duties you assign to them. 

A pretty, modest little bell, 
A drooping flower grown between 
Two sombre leaves of mottled green. 
Along the brookside in the dell ; 
Or where the spring comes gurgling forth 
From out the heart of mother earth, 
And spreads its mystic waters round 
Upon the low and marshy ground. 




mprfssBonj of an idler. 

The Boston University diploma is to be awarded to 
our men once again this year in spite of all that we 
have heard to the contrary. The (act seems to be the 
cause of much rejoicing among the '99 men, for amid 
the confusion which arises from the senior table in the 
boarding-house one can now catch snatches of a con- 
versation in which such words as "applications" and 
" University " are intermingled with the usual audible 
table talk of " class cups " and "rules pertaining to 
the same." 

The diploma of Boston University is of value to 
us chiefly because the University is so much better 
known throughout the world than is our college. 
Many of our graduates have gone to Germany to com- 
plete their studies and by means of their University 
diplomas have gained admittance to the German Uni- 
versities, when for this purpose the diploma of the 
Massachusetts Agricultural College would have proved 
valueless. The greater number of these men have 
attended the same institution, the University of Got- 
tingen, and by the high standard of their work, have 
brought our college so strongly before her notice that 
this famous old University has recently recognized 
our diploma on an equal footing with that of any 
other American college. 

There is a story told to show how well the Massa- 
chusetts Agricultural College has become known to 
the authorities of the University of Gottingen and in 
what high esteem she is held by them on account of 
the efficiency of the men who have been sent to 
them by her. The story will bear repeating although 
we will not answer for its veracity : 

A graduate of Yale recently presented himself at 
the University of Gottingen and applied for admission 
on the strength of his diploma from that famous col- 
lege of New Haven. The registrar to whom he 
applied examined the diploma slowly and carefully and 
with an uncertain and uneasy air. " What-er college 
is this that you are from?" he asked. 

" Yale College," was the reply. 

"Yale College, Yale College," he slowly repeated, 
" well-er, where is this Yale College anyway ? Any- 
where near the Massachusetts Agricultural College?" 

College advertising is the subject of an article in a 

recent issue of the Amherst Record. It makes no 
pretensions of advancing new ideas but is simply a 
summary of methods in use at the present time to 
bring the college before the notice of the youths in 
the preparatory school. 

Paid advertising in the newspapers and magazines 
is indulged in only to a limited extent. College pro- 
fessors and even presidents identify themselves with 
public movements or address public meetings. The 
daily press comments upon all college affairs ; every 
addition to the faculty, every change in the college 
curriculum, every new building erected upon the 
campus is the subject of exploitation. The doings of 
the athletic associations, the glee clubs, the dramatic 
associations are matters of public records. Aside 
from these public methods there are countless private 
and individual agencies at work : every alumnus con- 
siders himself a private agent and feels that the welfare 
of the college depends upon his own individual 
exertion. He sees that the graduating classes in the 
high schools about him are kept informed in regard to 
his Alma Mater. 

" The different rate of increase shown in the enter 
ing classes at various institutions would argue that 
certain colleges were better advertised than certain 
others. There is a genius in advertising as well as a 
genius in teaching and the skill that secures the pupils 
may be of as high a grade as the skill which educates 
them after they have been brought into the fold. No 
institution however well equipped and managed can do 
its proper work until it has secured the raw material 
from which to make the finished product." 

We would commend this article in the Record' to 
the students, faculty, alumni, trustees and all others 
interested in the Massachusetts Agricultural College. 

The Idler. 


Dr. Seabury was seated comfortably in a Morris 
chair in his down town office, while Thompson, his 
friend and former college classmate, lay stretched at 
full length on the couch, curling upwards great puffs 
of smoke with the aid of his favorite briar pipe. 
This was the first time since being graduated from 
college, nearly six years before, that they had seen 
each other. During this time Thompson had attended 
a German university while Seabury, after receiving his; 



doctors degree, had become the leading physician in 

the city of B , Colorado. Thompson who had 

been talking freely, lay back with a resigned look, fear- 
ing lest he had monopolized the conversation by relat- 
ing too many of his own experiences while abroad. 

After a moments silence, the doctor selected a 
cigar from his vest pocket and lit it, thus signifying 
his intention of producing some remarkable story. 

" After receiving my degree from the medic'." he 
began, '' I found some difficulty in selecting a local- 
ity suitable for me to begin the practice of my pro- 
fession. I finally came to Colorado and, as youkno#, 
settled in this city. For an office I engaged a couple 
of rooms in a block not far from here, where the 
accommodations were very poor and the rent 
extremely high. Being a stranger and apparently 
unpracticed, I was undisturbed in my sanctum for sev- 
eral days. For weeks I had but three or four patients 
and I became rather discouraged, especially as my 
bills showed indications of totally consuming my few 
remaining funds. 

•' Since I was accustomed to sit in my office all 
day, I soon began to feel the need of more outside 
exercise and consequently I formed the habit of walk- 
ing long distances every pleasant evening. To prevent 
these walks from becoming mere routine, each eve- 
ning 1 selected a new course and in time became 
quite familiar with the layout of the city streets. 

" One clear moonlight evening in September, I 
found myself in an unfamiliar locality having walked 
much farther than usual. It was rather late, the streets 
were almost entirely deserted and hardly a sound 
broke the stillness of the evening except the regular 
taps of my feet on the brick walk. 

" As I began to retrace my steps 1 saw a man turn 
the corner of a little alley in front of me, advance 
rapidly toward me and pass, apparently unconscious of 
I my nearness. 

" The place where 1 first saw this man was midway 
between two arc lights, a point of almost total dark- 
ness except for the patches of moonlight which sifted 
down through the trees. 

" For a few moments as I continued my walk the 

measured footsteps of this man could be heard, then 

they ceased. Instinctively I turned my head, and saw 

that the man, now but a dark object in the distance, 

i had stopped. 1 was not disturbed by this but at the 

same time I quickened my step, remembering that I 
was some distance from my lodgings. 

" 1 passed the next arc light and was again nearing 
the dark intervening stretch when I heard a scarce per- 
ceptable ' click,' startling me with the familiar sound 
of a pistol hammer. Although I would not confess 
that I was actually frightened I dared not look around 
till after taking a few steps into the darkness. As I 
turned I saw under the light that I had last passed the 
same man walking silently and stealthily along. 
Although at the time he was four or five hundred feet 
behind me I could detect an almost hideous face 
under his slouch hat, while in his hand was a gleaming 
weapon which filled me with apprehension. It was but 
a glance, but it was sufficient to satisfy me that my 
footsteps were being dogged and that at any moment 
I might feel cold lead in my back. 

" I dared not endanger myself still more by again 
turning to look, but I felt conscious that this pugna- 
cious being was approaching nearer and nearer. As I 
passed the next light I was walking quite rapidly but 
with as much appearance of ease as possible, while 
within myself I was considering the advisability of 
making a run to free myself from possible danger. I 
knew that whatever I did must be done quickly for I 
was already approaching the next dark space and there 
I felt was the spot where I should be overtaken. 

"Without a thought of anything but to avoid the 
fatal darkness I quickly turned into a dark, narrow 
alley between two high buildings. The next instant I 
regretted my hastiness but it was too late to turn back 
and, plunging ahead, I ran straight forward into the 
darkness for a few moments then tripped and fell. 

" Somewhat dazed but unhurt by the fall, before I 
could struggle to my feet a dark body plunged by me 
and fell heavily on the ground. Without waiting for a 
second look I staggered back up the alley into the 
mam street. 

" I had advanced but a few rods, stumbling along 
down the street, my senses returning at every step, 
when I barely missed colliding with a couple of police- 
men who were hurrying in the opposite direction. I 
accosted them and related my story in a few words 
and was much astonished at their apparent interest in 
the affair. 

" A few minutes later as the two officers bore the 
unconscious form of my would-be assailant to the 



lighted street, I detected a look of satisfaction on their 
faces as they gazed upon his features. They 
appeared so much relieved at having the man in their 
custody that 1 could not but believe that this was the 
object of their search. 

" The officers made inquiries concerning my name 
and address but as they were not inclined to give any 
explanation for what now appeared to me as a mystery, 
I took my leave and hurried homeward having lost 
nearly ten minutes by the adventure. 

" The morning papers of the next day disclosed to 
me the mysterious parts of my story. I learned from 
them that the man who shadowed me the night before 
was once a prominent business man of the city who 
had of late been subject to attacks of temporary insan- 
ity caused by insomnia and that the fall caused by 
tripping over a piece of timber had caused injuries 
which were likely to prove fatal. 

"Strangely enough none of them contained the 
slightest reference to a weapon of any kind although 
the accounts of the affair seemed otherwise quite 
complete. A few inquiries convinced me that 1 had 
heard and seen only an immaginary pistol, for none 
had been found and the greatest of care had been 
exercised by the family of the unfortunate man to have 
such things inaccessable to him." 

Just then the ringing of a bell announced the 
entrance of a patient and the doctor arose and has- 
tened into the adjoining room. 


Seniors, 10; Sophomores, 10. 

The Seniors and the Sophomores celebrated Dewey 
day by playing a close and exciting game on the 
campus. It was simply played to enable '0 1 to get 
in some good hard practice. 

It was a perfect day for a ball game and the kick- 
ing which is always prevalent in class games did not 
fail to show itself. 

Messrs. Gamwell and Chapin started to officiate 
but Chapin proved too satisfactory and retired in favor 
of Bodfish. 

The features of the game were the all around play- 
ing of Hinds, Hooker, and Dorman, and the fielding 
of Hubbard, together with the coaching of the 
assembled multitudes, 


The writer cannot obtain each student's opinion of 
what a college paper ought to be. Rather is he left 
to judge from what he may observe and what he may 
safely infer from observation of the manifest attitude : 
of the student body toward their representative publi- 
cation. One may safely conclude from the inability ] 
of such a paper to accomplish what it sets out to do, 
or to exert a potent influence in any cause which it 
may undertake to champion, that something is wrong. 
When such conditions obtain, as the failure of the 
paper to exert a dominant influence, delinquency in 
contributions, non-support of students, et cetera, there 
is good proof of lack of appreciation among those who 
are depended upon for support, of the work done and 
the amount of good work that may be done by a col- 
lege paper. Either the question of the possibilities of 
such a paper and each student's duty in regard to it is 
not fully considered or else it is shamefully ignored. 

From a journalistic point of view the representative ! 
publication of a student body is of peculiar interest. 
In three distinct ways it makes its influence felt : of 
twofold benefit to the students themselves, it exerts, 
at the same time, an influence abroad. This leads 
us to consider the scope and purpose of such a jour- 
nal ; from whence it gets its tone and spirit ; its rela- 
tion to the affairs of the college ; and how a high , 
standard of excellence is to be maintained. \ 

Journalism to-day is among, if not the most impor- 
tant of, the forces operating for the advancement of 
the race. Its influence for good is certainly as wide- 
spread as that of any other force. The questions so 
familiar in debate,- — " Resolved, that the pen is might- 
ier than the sword" and " the press exerts more influ- 
ence than the pulpit," are but the outcome of a reali- 
zation of this truth. Now, our paper is carrying on in 
its humble way a part of this great work. Free of all 
incumbrances that may hamper or impede, it may 
exert a deep and abiding influence. When we real- 
ize this truth, we find the work, before seemingly 
so insignificant, exalted to a higher plane and clothed 
with a dignity never before appreciated. Such a 
realization ought to give an added inspiration to make 
our paper as efficient and influential as possible. 

As a factor in this great world of journalism, a col- 
lege paper has first to find its sphere of greatest use- 



fulness and then to recognize its limitations and adhere 
closely to its proper field of work. This is at once 
seen to be at home, in the midst of the college com- 
munity. To be a factor for the promotion of the 
highest good among the students and alumni should 
be the supreme object of a college paper. Here it 
naturally has its widest circulation and exerts its great- 
est influence. At the same time it exerts an influ- 
ence in the outside world which is not to be ignored, 
an influence to be felt, and to be maintained only by a 
high standard of excellence. 

At home its influence may be said to operate in 
two ways. In the first place, in establishing a college 
paper, the training afforded the students in writing up 
articles for publication to be read by a criticising host 
of readers is kept in mind as well as the good that 
may be done through its columns in promoting the 
community interests of the students. This important 
training, for which there is not in college an oppor- 
tunity any better, is of the utmost value, and is not to 
be made light of. There seems to be a very noticea- 
ble lack of appreciation of this truth. In the second 
place, we have to consider the influence which the 
paper may have for the promotion of the interests and 
highest welfare of the students. These ends should 
be its loftiest aim. This is the question of greatest 
moment ; the problem to be solved. 

It may be said that the responsibility of making a 
college paper what it should be, lies with the editors. 
To a considerable degree this is true ; but it is in this 
respect that such a paper may be seen to differ from 
other journals. There are other factors that so largely 
contribute to its success that they need to be here 

One thing there is which every college paper must 
possess to insure its highest success, something that 
shall cause to pulsate with life its every published 
word. This thing is college spirit, and the fountain 
head is the student body. If college spirit dies out 
your paper is apt to follow suit and die for lack of 
sustenance which it cannot get. Therefore, your 
paper must be backed up by the students ; it must be 
full of patriotism and loyalty ; it must be expressive 
of unity and solidity among the students. Then it is 
that it may become an important factor for good, and 
exert its influence in the running affairs of the college. 
Suggestions through its columns are met by those in 

charge in the same spirit in which they are made, and 
measures of a beneficent nature are much more 
likely to be forthcoming when support is guaranteed. 
On the other hand, if the paper sets forth only the 
opinions of the ediiors on matters which do not re- 
ceive the support of the students it is not to be 
expected that concessions will be made. 

Editorial criticism is the search for truth, the high- 
est good, and the most expedient measures, and is 
deserving of attention and thought. When through 
the columns of your paper are given suggestions on 
matters vital in their importance and requiring imme- 
diate and energetic action and nothing is done, it is in 
vain to think that the paper is occupying its greatest 
sphere of usefulness. If you will not support the edi- 
tors half of their power is nullified. This is the more 
to be regretted when we realize that a college publica- 
tion is designed, principally, for its influence at home. 
And so it comes about that the hearty support of the 
students is absolutely necessary to the success of the 
paper, and he who says that the editors alone can make 
it a success is laboring under a wrong idea. 

The tone of a paper is of transcendent importance. 
In this respect the editors may largely contribute ; but 
if the spirit of the paper be that of patriotism and 
ardent desire to promote the best interests of the stu- 
dents its tone will surely be healthy, its character 
manly and courageous. With these qualifications its 
influence and success may safely be left to take care 
of themselves and all we need to concern ourselves 
about ishow to maintain a standard of the highest 


When I was a boy of some twelve years or so, I 
saw Mr. Plumb go by one day with a large covered 
basket upon his arm. In reply to my questioning, he 
said that he was going to capture some live rattle- 
snakes and he invited me to go along and carry the 

On the way to our hunting grounds Mr. Plumb 
cut two sticks five or six feet long with prongs at one 
end. After an hours's walking, we reached that part 
of the shore of Lake George known as " Rattlesnake 
Ledge." Mr. Plumb selected a bald rock and told 
me to put down the basket. Then he did a queer 



thing, he deliberated lay down upon the rock, went to 
sleep, and was soon snoring lustily. My attention 
being attracted by a slight rustle I looked in the direc- 
tion of the sound and saw a black snake emerge from 
under a neighboring rock. Still the snoring was gain- 
ing momentum as time advanced. Another and 
another form silently appeared until there were half a 
dozen rattle snakes watching us inquisitively. 

Being thoroughly alarmed by this time, I cried, 
"Mr. Plumb! Wake up quick ! Snakes I" The last 
word roused him, he sat up and looked around. Mr. 
Plumb then gave a grunt, lay down again, and resumed 
his snoring. I became somewhat pacified when I saw 
how calmly he took things and again directed my 
attention to the snakes. By this time more had made 
their appearance. They drew up in a circle around 
us and their flat, tricornered heads swayed above their 
curled up bodies in silent time to the rumbling gutterals 
of Mr. Plumb. The dark, beady eyes of the 
" rattlers " sparkled in ceaseless motion, taking in 
our unusual conduct, to my eyes, with satanic 

Again overcome by fear I exclaimed, " Snakes ! 
Horrors! mor'n' million !" Old man Plumb slowly 
stretched himself, arose, and said, •' I guess there are 
about all the snakes here we can carry. Take this 
stick and follow up my example." I took the prof- 
fered stick and watched him put the prong of his upon 
the neck of the nearest snake, grab it by the neck 
with his hand and slip it into the basket. I captured 
one by the same method, but not to his satisfaction, 
for he said, " You're too rough, the chances are that 
snake won't live. Take the basket and hold it for me 
to put them into." 

When we got sixteen of the snakes into the bas- 
ket we had all the work we wanted to carry it home. 
All the " rattlers," except the one 1 caught, were put 
into a cage prepared for them ; but mine had such a 
wrenched back that it was dead by the time we reached 
Mr. Plumb's house. He cut its head off so as to be 
able to obtain the bounty given by the state for dead 
rattlesnakes, and gave me the rest of it to make a 
belt of. I stooped down and picked it up by the tail ; 
but dropped it like a hot coal because the headless 
body, with a convulsive twitch, doubled up and 
struck my hand. 

"Ho, ho!" cried Mr. Plumb, " didn't you know 
that a rattlesnake just after death will do that, just as 
some snakes having been killed will continue to wiggle 
until sundown ? 1 suppose you also didn't know that, 
after a rattler has bitten something five or six times, 
its bite, for the time being, is practically harmless ? 
Well, well, your education has been sadly neglected." 


The Life offers as a prize, under the following con- 
ditions, three volumes of Hawthorne's works for the 
best short story written by an undergraduate : 

1 . The story not to contain more than 2000 or less 
than 1500 words. 

2. To be written by an undergraduate other than 
those at present serving on The Life board. 

3. Stories must be neatly written and on but one 
side of every sheet used. 

4. Such stories should be sent to The Life ad- 
dressed to the editor, signed by the author, and 
marked " Prize Story," not later than May 25, 1899. 

5. The Life reserves the right to publish any of 
the stories submitted that may be deemed available. 

6. All stories submitted will be carefully considered 
as examples of work offered for positions upon the 
said board. 

7. No stories will be eligible for the prize unless 
judged to be above a required average of excellence, 

The points whereby all stories will be judged are, ( 
originality of plot, consistency of development, por- 
trayal of character, general excellence of English 
used, and power of expression. 

The judges chosen by the board to pass upon all 
stories submitted are Prof. Geo. F. Mills and the 

Colle^f f^ot^S. 

— Track athletics ! 

— Pay your Track Team tax. 

• — The new backstop would be the better for a coat 
of paint. 

— The Juniors planted their class tree with due and 
appropriate ceremonies at 12 a. m. April 29. 

— The whole college, with the possible exception of 
the Freshmen, wants a new Reading Room, 



— The Sophomore class have elected for officers : 
Pres't, E. S. Gamwell ; vice-pres't, D. B. Tashjian ; 
;ec. andtreas., W. B. Rogers ; base ball capt., T. H. 

— Prof. R. G. Lull has been invited to accompany 
in expedition into the Bad Lands of Wyoming to hunt 
'or Dinosaurs. He will leave the college about May 
15th returning in the fall. 

— The Freshman Class has elected the following 
officers for the spring term : Pres't, J. H. Belden ; 
/ice-pres't, G. E. Dwyer ; sec. and treas., D. N. West; 
;ergeant-at-arms, M. A. Blake ; baseball capt., L. A. 
'00k ; baseball manager, W. R. Cole ; track team 
;apt., L. G. Claflin. 

— The old tree on the west side of the Campus, 
(which for many years has served as a landmark for 
Ihe old alumni, was partly cut down a short time ago. 
It had outgrown its usefulness, and was a decided 
hindrance to baseball. It seemed to be the popular 
sentiment of the college that it be removed. 

— The Seniors have elected the following Class Day 
officers : Class poet, D. A. Beaman ; Class orator, 
C. M, Walker ; Campus orator, B, H. Smith : Pipe 
orator, W. H. Armstrong ; Hatchet orator, W. E. 
Chapin. A committee consisting of Messrs. Chapin, 
Beaman and Hubbard was appointed to place a stone 
under the class tree and also to procure a class ivy. 

— Prof. F. S. Gooley has been doing considerable 
testing of late for prominent breeders, one of the most 
recent herds being the Holstein-Friesians belonging to 
L. P. Knowles of the Highland Farm, Worcester. 
At the request of the Guernsey Breeder's Association, 
jhe has also made an official test of a number of cows 
^entered for Guernsey Association prizes by Levi P. 
Morton's famous Ellerslie Farm of Rhinecliff, N. Y. 

— On Thursday, April 20, a mass meeting was held 
to consider the advisability of holding a dual athletic 
meet with Williston Seminary. Professor Lull intro- 
duced the subject by informing the students of Willis- 
ton's proposal to hold the meet on their new grounds 
May 30th. It was voted on favorably, and A. C. 
Wilson was elected captain ; H. Maynard, business 
manager. At a second mass meeting April 26 it was 
decided to levy a tax of two dollars per man for the 
support of the track team. Mr. Nelligan of Amherst 
College has kindly offered the use of Pratt Field for 

our team and within a few days there will very likely 
be quite a number of M. A. C, men training there. 
The events will be 100 yds., 220 yds., 440 yds., 880 
yds., 1 mile, 120 yds. and 220 yds. hurdles, pole 
vault, high jump, broad jump, discus, putting shot, 
hammer, two mile bicycle. Every man should make 
an effort to get on the team and win victory for the 

— On Friday, April 21, the second annual banquet 
of the class of 1901 was held at Cooley's Hotel, 
Springfield. After spending the evening at the theatre 
the class sat down to the banquet table about 11-30 
p. M. After a liberal indulgence in the excellent 
repast before them, the members were called to order 
by the toastmaster, Mr. C. E. Gordon. The toasts 
were as follows: " Echoes of Days at M. I. T.," N. 

D. Whitman ; " The Index," A. C. Wilson ; " Col- 
lege Halls," T. Casey; "Wise Fools," J. C. Barry; 
Selection by Quartet ; " A Convention of the Jury," 

E, S. Gamwell ; " Our Talisman," A. R. Dorman ; 
" Ponies," P. C. Brooks ; " Quaternions," J. H. Todd; 
" Hishadak me Antzialen," D. B. Tashjian ; College 
Songs. Mr. Whitman spoke at length and recalled 
some very interesting personal experiences of " When 
I was in Tech." Mr. Wilson dropped a few hints con- 
cerning the 1901 Index. The toast of " College 
Halls " was treated by Mr. Casey in his usual clear 
and sweeping style. He treated the characters of 
some '01 men in away that left them without a blem- 
ish. Mr. Barry gave some excellent advice on the 
Philippine Question. " A Convention of the Jury " 
showed that Mr. Gamwell was well acquainted 
with the Faculty and that the Faculty understood the 
sophomore class. Mr. Dorman spoke on " Our 
Talisman " and drew some valuable conclusions. 
The " Ponies " of Mr. Brooks were very amusing. 
The toast of " Quaternions " was ably treated by 
the mathematical student of the class, Mr. Todd, 
He described the subject of his remarks most truth- 
fully. Addresses by Mr. Tashjian in Armenian and 
Mr. Ovalle in Spanish were listened to with great 
attention. Perhaps one of the most interesting 
speeches of the evening was by Mr. Paul of the 8th 
Reg't, who described his experience in Cuba during 
the summer of '98. The committee on arrangements 
were Messrs. Gordon, Whitman and Wilson. 




She was a blithesome, winsome, airy creature, 
vivacious as a sea breeze, fresh as a summer morn- 
ing, bubbling over with mirth and fun. Wherever she 
went she carried a phosphorescent gleam of cheerful- 
ness that spread itself and intensified itself among 
those with whom she mingled until the darkest group 
would be made to shine by her presence. Her lively 
spirit never failed to change our deeper musings to 
delightful mirth. In the drawing room, on the sea- 
shore, wherever kind nature set her down the effect 
was ever the same. A light, airy laugh that always 
seemed to spring from pure delight and unalloyed 
pleasure, announcing her presence near by, was alone 
sufficient to create a stir among our company, and 
when she was in sight all eyes would be directed at 
that indescribable face. Never have I seen another 
such face. About her head there seemed to linger 
an ever-constant glow enhanced by a mass of golden 
hair. As one gazed at her features they seemed to 
grow brighter ever ; her dark eyes scintillating with a 
soft and tender fire. When she smiled her pearly 
teeth glowed with a bright reflected light that burned 
its way like that from a burning glass, into many a 
palpitating heart, but which never left a scar. None 
of us could ever tell for whom her smiles were meant, 
but each basked in them as though they existed for 
him alone. 

When last I saw her, her face was tanned with a 
delicious brown that added to her charms. It was a 
summer afternoon at the beach. We rowed across 
the billows to the light-house and back, and after 
lunch we took a moonlight stroll along the shore. 
Shall I ever forget that night ? Never I Those sigh- 
ing waves are whispering to me now — oh. Will-o'-the- 
wisp, when shall we meet again? 

* * * 4* * 

How the memories hover round a photograph. 

Those loving eyes upon me bent. 
Remind me of the days we spent, 
In happiness and sweet content 

So many years ago. 
But now thou art a woman grown. 
Another now thou call'st thy own. 
And I am left forlorn, alone 
Upon the river's flow. 

The robin may not be harbinger of spring, nor may; 
he be as pretty as that little bunch of blue that flits | 
along the fences and telegraph-wires during the first (i 
few days of springtime ; but he is the bird most wel- 
come to his summer home, because of his pleasant I 
song and domestic habits. He arrives when the pasf 
tures are yet seared and black, and the winds from the 
north still bleak with the frigid temperature of the 
retreating snowbanks. As the days lengthen, our 
morning and evening twilights are gladdened by his 
carol. At plowing time he begins to build his habita- 
tion in the orchard. Every spring shower finds him 
ready to feast upon the worms drawn forth by the 
warm rain from their underground burrows all about 
the yard. His presence is a matter of course to all 
concerned, who learn to love his gentle ways. He is 
an indispensable adjunct to the home life about the 

He who has lived upon a farm and has been accus- 
tomed to see the swallows build their nests in the out- 
buildings year after year, and then has seen them go 
away some fall and has watched in vain for their 
return, knows what a significance such an event as the 
departure of the birds may have in our life. "If the 
stars should appear one night in a thousand years, 
how would men believe and adore, and preserve for 
many generations the city of God which had been 
shown." So it is with all things else ; the things 
around us, being always present, do not impress us ; 
their absence is necessary to remind us of their beauty 
and worth. 

The robin's attractiveness is preeminent in spring 
and early summer. Later in the season he becomes 
more quiet. He is found in the woods in autumn, 
frequently among the pines, and we are almost sure to 
meet large numbers while gunning or roaming for 
chestnuts. With winter winds he disappears to appear 
again in Spring. 


One of the latest additions to the International 
Science series is Buds and Stipules by Sir John Lub- 
bock, Bart., F. R. S., LL. D. This book probably 
treats the subject of buds and stipules in a more thor- 




ough manner than any other yet published. The 
author in a popular way explains the presence, uses, 
and the structure of buds in some of our common 
trees, shrubs and herbs. The text is very profusely 
illustrated, containing four colored plates and nearly 
three hundred and fifty figures. The work cannot 
fail to be of great interest and value to all students of 

Landscape Gardening by Prof Maynard. Although 
designed particularly for instruction in the art of home 
decoration, the work covers a much broader field in 
that it supplies a knowledge of the underlying prin- 
ciples for the management of large estates, parks, 
school-yards and public squares, making it well 
adapted for use as a text book. Descriptions are 
given of the most important ornamental trees, shrubs, 
vines and other plants with suggestions as to their 
planting and care. The author also gives a brief out- 
line of the most injurious insects and fungii with the 
best remedies for each. The subject is treated in a 
practical, condensed manner and the book undoubtedly 
will supply a large demand from those interested in 
beautifying their home surroundings. 

Journal of the Khedivial Agriculture Society and the 
School of Agriculture. — The first number of the above 
named journal has been brought to our notice as show- 
ing the work that is being done in Egypt at the present 
day. The society started in the month of April a year 
ago with 549 members and promises to be a flourish- 
ing community. The book, as published, is very inter- 
esting to us as it shows the general development of 
the people in the newer methods of agriculture. It is 
interesting to note that Chawarbi Pasha took 1st prize 

; for camels and that Ahmen Bey Reidy obtained a 

j second place for mares in a recent agricultural fair. 
It is difficult to tell the exact method of judging such 

j animals as the camel, but undoubtedly these sons of 
the pyramids have as good a system as our own. 


j "Notes upon an epidemic of Fowl Cholera." Reprint 

I from the Journal of Experimental Medicine, by Chas. 
H. Higgins '94. 

" Self -Sterility: an orchard problem-" Reprint from 
proceedings of 24th annual meeting of N. J. Hort. 
Soc, by S. W. Fletcher '96. 


A heap of exchanges lies before me through whose 
columns I must wade for the first time. I am won- 
dering if it is to be a congenial task ; and puzzled 
where to begin, I mentally observe, after a moment's 
consideration : " 1 am a tyro at this business ; I guess 
I'll run through these exchange columns and see how 
this exchange editing business is carried on. Perhaps 
I may get a few suggestions." 

At first it seemed as though I had struck the most 
interesting part of the paper. Some of the jokes 
seemed wonderfully new and witty, and they made 
me laugh. But after reading the same joke five or 
six times in one paper right after another as regularly 
as clock work, I began a rigid, discrimination, throw- 
ing down a paper immediately, when a glance showed 
nothing but quotation marks and the signature, " Ex." 
Then I asked myself why this was so. The only 
answer that I would think of was that a joke is good 
for nothing, once told, unless it be of the very best 
and even then it loses its savor in the second telling. 
Constant repetition of state jokes I found very uninter- 
esting, and wondered if others found it so. 

Whenever there was a variation from the general 
run it was a pleasure to pause for a moment and read. 
These occasions were not many, and a mere glance 
was generally sufficient. From the prevailing same- 
ness throughout the exchange columns it struck me 
that some of them must receive but little attention. 
This realization served to enforce the truth already 
apparent, — the task that devolved upon myself as well 
as others to make the exchange column as interesting 
and attractive as possible. 

Those enterprising papers whose exchange editors 
had opinions of their own and were not afraid to pub- 
lish them drew my appreciation and I found as a gen- 
eral rule that in such cases the paper furnished equally 
good reading matter in all its departments. This fact 
lent an added weight to the criticism advanced through 
its exchange column. 

Apparently each enterprising exchange editor has 
his own ideas of how such a department should be 
managed. Within limits this is as it should be. It 
serves to put individuality in place of a general same- 
ness and also makes an exchange column something 



besides a place to look for a complimentary notice of 
your own journal. 

A word might be said in regard to exchange criti- 
cism. Scurrilous remarks are not to be noticed. Do 
not drag your paper down to reply. Adverse criticism 
should be kindly, if necessary. Appreciative notices 
in the long run bring the most satisfactory results. 
They stimulate and inspire to high and noble aspira- 
tions, and lead on to good work. Severe criticism, 
criticism that is seldom called for but which is often 
exercised, serves oftentimes to extinguish the spark 
that needs but to be fanned. 

Do you recognize him ? He walks right in. You 
pay no attention. He wanders round the house like a 
draught — a ghostly, door-creaking, curtain-banging 
draught ; quiet, persistent, maddening. He dissolves 
somewhere in the kitchen and re-appears with a coal- 
scuttle. " Let's have a fire. Work ? Gad, man it's 
foolish to work." You are reduced to a state of ner- 
vous coma. Finally at eleven he chances upon an 
open door and drifts out. Says he will call when you 
aren't busy. We call him the last straw. 

Tne Holy Cross Purple pays well for time spent in 
its perusal. This is a paper that maintains a high 
literary standard. The April number contains some 
excellent competitive contributions, among which is 
an interesting article on the American author, James 
Lane Allen, in which the writer enters into an inter- 
esting review of the author's " The Choir Invisible." 


The Alumni Editor will take pleasure in answering 
any inquiries in regard to the college or members of 
the Alumni. 

'85. — Almeida, Luciano J. de., Coffee and Rice 
Planter, Cajuru, Province of San Paulo, Brazil. 

'91-REUNION. Notice is hereby given thatthere 
will be a reunion of the class of '9 1 on Tuesday 
evening of Commencement week. It is hoped that 
all members will be able to be present. F. L. 
Arnold, is Secretary of '91, Elizabeth, N. J. 


'95. — Dutton-Byam. A. E. Dutton was a member 

of the two-year course, class of '95. The following 
notice of his marriage recently appeared in the 
Lowell Mail: " The home of Mr. and Mrs. John Byam 
at Chelmsford was last evening (April 14th) the 
scene of a very pretty ceremony when their daughter. 
Miss Stella May, was united in marriage to Arthur E. 
Dutton. Miss Laura May Dutton, sister of the groom 
was the bridesmaid and Charles H. Dutton of Harvard 
College, a brother of the groom, performed the function 
of best man. The bride was charmingly attired in a 
dress of white organdie and carried a bouquet of car 
nations. The bridesmaid also wore white and carried 

'96, — Sastre Veraud-Veraud. The marriage of 
Cesar Sastre Veraud to his cousin, Soledad F. Veraud 
on March 18, 1899, has been recently announced. 
The announcements, received by President Goodell 
were printed in Spanish, and were quite a curiosity 
awakening in one that inexplicable interest which the 
viewing of the customs and handicraft of a distant 
country always creates. 



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VOL". IX. 



NO. 14 

Published Fortnightly by Students of the Massachusetts Agricultural College. 

Students and Alumni are requested to contribute. Communications should be addressed, Aggie Life, Amherst, Mass, Aggie Life will be sent 
to all subscribers until its discontinuance is ordered and arrears are paid. Subscribers who do not receive their paper regularly are requested to notify 
the Business Manager. 



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Nineteen Hundred and One Index, 

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Entered at the Post Office as second-class mail matter. 



At last the Reading Room has been opened under 
more favorable circumstances and it bids fair to fill a 
long felt want. The members of the Advisory Board 
are to be congratulated upon this new departure, both 
for the earnestness of their work and for the excel- 
lent appearance that the room makes at the present 
time. It is to be hoped that the beginning, so well 
inaugurated, will be continued with the success that 
all serious efforts deserve. In spite of the petty 
squabbles of a few members of the college, it will now 
be possible to enter the room and peruse the papers 
with some degree of comfort, both physical and moral. 

It has been suggested that the lack of military drill 
is responsible for much of the trouble evinced in our 
athletics this year. Undoubtedly this is true. Life 
has always advocated the drill as a beneficial exercise, 
both physically and mentally ; and its discontinuance 
has been badly felt. The good effects obtained by 
battalion work and individual manual is not to be 

underrated ; its influence is broader than the drill floor 
or the campus ; its benefits are felt in the class room 
and the societies. With drill, there is more unity 
than now exists, there is much more honesty of pur- 
pose, m.ore college spirit. There seems to be little or 
no stamina in the present student body, and, undoubt- 
edly, the military drill would supply this. It is unfor- 
tunate that we were obliged to forgo it for over a year, 
and it is to be devoutly hoped that the fall will see its 

In another column is published a letter sent us from 
a recent graduate, that warrants some editorial men- 
tion. It is so seldom that an alumnus makes an 
offer, such as Mr. Wright has made, that words to 
express our appreciation of the act are difficult to put 
in print. However remiss we may be in many ways. 
Life feels that the thanks of the college are due to 
the '98 graduate for establishing a precedent that will 
undoubtedly find favor in other quarters, among our 
recent alumni if not among those older ones whose 
affiliations are somewhat removed from us. Having 



once established a trophy for field worlc it is to be 
hoped that more graduates will accept the lead thus 
given them and establish some sort of memento for 
faithful work done upon the track, the gridiron or the 
diamond. An incentive to athletic work is badly 
needed at just this time, and Life thanks Mr. Wright 
for taking the initiative. 

Two weeks ago Life offered a prize for short 
stories to be sent to the editor by May 25th, and, as 
yet, no such stories have been received. There are 
only seven days left in which to fulfill the terms of 
the offer and it is to be hoped that the students will 
avail themselves of this opportunity. The prizes are 
open to all students not at present serving upon the 
Life board and, among the large number in college, 
not exempted under the conditions named, there must 
be some fully capable of contributing acceptable 
stories. The training in the Freshman and Sopho- 
more years is an excellent preparative for any such 
work and it should be the pride of the various men to 
uphold the records they either have made or are mak- 
ing at the present time. A college paper is very 
often unfortunate in the support that it receives and 
we are doubly unfortunate in this respect. It is rarely 
that an undergraduate, aside from board members, 
offers an article for publication, and it is a lasting 
shame that those who can and who ought to support 
their paper, so often fail to do so. The making of a 
paper cannot rest alone in the hands of the editor-in- 
chief, it is too much of a burden for him to bear. A 
paper of the size of the Life demands more than 
eighteen thousand words for every issue, and it is ask- 
ing too much when the editor-in-chief has to supply 
nearly half of that. Such, fortunately, has not been 
the case, as yet, but the circumstances attendant 
upon each new issue threaten some such predicament, 
and it is unjust to the body of students, the alumni 
and more especially, to the hack-writer who is on the 

It will not be very long before the alumni will again 
gather around these ivy-crowned walls. Alumni from 
all over the continent. Aggie is fortunate in her 
alumni, in that she finds herself represented in nearly 
every country that has proven to be habitable. The 
torrid zone, as well as the frozen north, has proven to 

be a profitable field for the labors of our specialists; 
and when they come back we must give them a right 
royal welcome ; a welcome that they will long remem- 
ber. Some of them, those who have been to far dis- 
tant cities, will find much that is new, much that is 
different ; but we shall hope that the new and the dif- 
ferent will not disappoint them. We shall try to make 
this, their home-coming, more pleasant for them than 
any past one has ever been. We shall welcome 
them this year with wider-spread arms, for there are 
more of them, and brighter smiles than ever before. 
We shall give them of our best, and we shall ask of 
their best. When they have gathered at their annual 
meeting, we shall ask of them such actions as shall prove 
to be a benefit for Old Aggie. We shall importune 
them to brighten the future in every way possible and to 
add their enthusiasm to our own, that the coming years 
may be brighter and more glorious than ever before. 
The past is ours, in all the glory of its achievements ; 
it is ours beyond recall, but it is the duty of every 
alumnus to so cast his voice that the future will in no 
way dim the past. 

In about a month from this issue there will appear 
among us many a new face whose purpose is to 
come to Aggie and study. Those new men, Freshmen 
in every sense of the word, are the recruits that this 
institution is to mould into alumni, loyal and loving. 
With most of them it will take four years ; with some 
of them perhaps less, but with all of them we are to 
enter upon an entente cordiale for the benefit of our 
common community. These men who come to us 
in June, seldom represent the full numbers of the 
freshman class and yet they always prove to be a 
criterion by which that class may be judged in regard 
to quantity and quality. Between this June forth- 
coming and the fall is an interim in which much good 
work may be done for the benefit of this institution by 
graduates and undergraduates alike. During the sum- 
mer months laggards may often be found who have 
not, even at that late day, decided upon the college at 
which they are to attend ; if this be so, it takes but 
little effort to influence them in any way desired. It 
is imperative that we have more students here the 
coming year and it is incumbent upon every one of 
us, whatever influence he may possess, to bring about 
the desired end. Our courses deserve better patron- 



age, and they must have it. Each individual, how- 
ever remotely connected with the college, should 
make an effort to advertise it in every legitmate way 
possible. Perhaps the best way to advertise any col- 
lege is to so conduct your own personal life that you 
will be an example of all that is best in your Alma 






These bright spring evenings, after such a long and 
hard winter, present a great temptation to lie about 
on the grass and idle away an hour or two telling 
stories or talking over passing events. It is so quiet 
and cool after the hot busy day that it takes consider- 
able of a struggle to settle down to an evening's work. 
Hours thus spent are not altogether a waste ,of 
time ; it is good for the student-body and good for the 
college to have the boys congregate and be sociable 
together. In many of the large colleges it is custo- 
mary for the students to gather every evening imme- 
diately after supper upon the campus or under the 
trees or on the steps of some college building and 
sing ; sing college songs, and sing national songs, and 
they are better sons of their alma mater for it, and 
better citizens of their country. In no college does 
such enthusiasm exist or is so much college spirit 
manifested as in institutions where this custom is 
practiced. It is encouraged in every way by the col- 
lege officials. It unites the students, it awakens them 
and fills them with new life and enthusiasm ; they 
[Sing the praises of their college and they feel the in- 
fluence of their own praises, they put their heart and 
soul into a song for their country and they increase 
Itheir love for her. 

i We are told that this custom is much more prac- 
iticed among the German students than among our 
pwn. At the Universities in Berlin they meet every 
evening and a thousand voices will ring out together 
,the " Watch on the Rhine." 

" V/e stand a hundred thousand strong 

Quick to avenge our country's wrong ; 

With filial love our bosoms swell. 

We'll guard our sacred land mark well." 
What can sound grander than this great chorus fired 
I with patriotism and overflowing with love for their 
?alma mater. 

We are all familiar with the powers of song. We 
know of countless instances when a song has been the 
means of encouraging men till they have exerted 
almost a miraculous strength. Sailors, of some 
nationalities more than others, will sing as they heave 
on a rope even in the roughest weather, soldiers will 
sing on a long and tiresome march and forget their 
fatigue. Again and again we have seen the power of 
one song during the French Revolution. A little band 
of revolters would be enclosed by an army with no 
chance of retreat. Escape would seem impossible, 
the ranks would be thinned, ammunition low, and the 
men exhausted and discouraged ; utter annihilation 
would stare them in the face when some voice would 
start the Marseilles and immediately every voice would 
join in and the little band would be filled with an irre- 
sistible impulse which would carry them safely 
through the enemy's line. 

Time spent in singing is never lost. We might 
with great profit devote a half hour daily to this pleas- 
ure. We can gather on the college steps and all join 
in a good rousing song such as would infuse some life 
into our sleepy bodies and awaken our muddy brains ; 
good old songs that we all know, with words to be sung 
and no lines in the middle which must be hummed. 
We will sing of Old Aggie and of the glorious things 
she has done in the past and of the more glorious 
things she will do in the future. We must have a 
leader; history tells us a man for the crisis will always 
appear ; where is the man who will rise up and lead on 
in this work? Future prosperity will honor him as a 
Napoleon or a Dewey. 

The Idler. 


By the stream in the pall of the night's dreary gloom. 

In the glory of age, in the midst of the bloom, 

Of a new generation of trees that had grown 

From the seeds of its branches in years that had flown. 

Stood the hemlock, its form rising dark on the sky ; 

While the waters beneath as they swiftly sped by, 

Took the story it told of the years it had stood, 

On the edge of the virgin and primitive wood. 

To the nations beyond , and the story was this : 

We exist for a moment and then the abyss 

Of cold death swallows up in a last cold embrace 

All the hopes and the fears of our fast-fading race ; 

While a hand calmly writes in the book of our doom 

Pass away to your home and for others make room. 

C. E. G. 




He was a new reporter, a very new reporter. So 
new, in fact, that it was refreshing to have him about 
the dingy old office ; he seemed like a breath from the 
wide country fields. Where Stone, our city editor, 
ever picked him up is far beyond the knowledge of 
any of us older heads, but while we kept him, he 
afforded us more unalloyed amusement than we had 
ever experienced before with any new member of our 

We asked him his name as a starter, and he said, 
" Scott," and Brown asked him if his first name was 
''Clement." He said no, that it was John, and did 
not see the joke at all although we, who crowded 
around him, could hardly keep from smiling. Then 
some one asked him if his father ran a brewery, but 
he did not take the hint at all and we were obliged to 
remain thirsty for the rest of that day. 

With gentle questioning we came to learn that 
" Scotty," for that was the name we gave him, had 
entered the journalistic profession at the lowest point 
that he might thoroughly learn the intricacies of his 
work with the ultimate aim of purging journalism of 
its densely yellow flavor. He told us that he was a 
church member, in good standing, never chewed (a 
most detestable habit) or smoked (a pleasure fit for 
the gods) and that he was never known to swear. We 
concluded after we had learned the catalogue of 
this paragon's virtues that he was a study for the 
criminologist, as a man with all the virtues and not a 
single vice. 

The first few months of " Scotty's " appprenticeship 
thoroughly corroborated the truth of his previous 
remarks ; he certainly attended to his religious duties 
with a regularity born of early training and none of us 
had ever heard him swear. It was something of a 
novelty to have a reporter about the office who did 
not occasionally use a word that savored of strong 
English. 1 had suggested more than once to Stone 
that the youngster should be put in the religious 
department, but somehow Stone did not seem to favor 
the idea. 1 suppose Stone felt a fatherly interest in 
the chap and a sort of responsibility as he had per- 
sonally discovered him. 

" It's all very well for you old men to make fun of 
Scotty," Stone would remark. " But some day that 

youngster will put you all to shame. You fellows 
have given him a rough, snappy name, and you would 
be surprised to see him live up to it. Now, wouldn't 
you ? " he would say. 

We allowed that it would be surprising to say the 
least, and we put up some quiet bets when we were 
together on the likelihood of Stone's prophecy coming 

The first six months of that youngster's reportorial 
life must have been one of great misery. We 
hatched up all kinds of plots to quiz him ; we faked 
news and sent him running all over the city to prove 
it untrue, we doctored his copy, in fact we did every- 
thing but help the poor chap along. And yet the fel- 
low never complained but took our jests quietly anc 
kept the even tenor of his way as if we never hac 
crossed his path. 

In spite of all our dickering we could not bu 
acknowledge that "Scotty" was improving.that his copy 
when he turned it in personally, was crisp and catchy 
and that he had an excellent nose for news. The 
poor fellow must have suffered at first, but he wa; 
made of pure grit and he kept on. Nothing seemec 
too difficult for him to try, and very often he cam( 
off with flying colors. 

One case in particular, I recall to mind, when by ; 
piece of good journalism he established his position S( 
securely that we ceased to call him " our new re 
porter" or " Scotty" either, and from that day hj 
became plain Mr. Scott. We old hands had oftei 
prided ourselves upon the knowledge we possessed 
the city and its many devious ways but we were des 
fined to learn much . from our youthful associate. I; 
happened in this wise, and to tell the story fully 
shall have to go back a bit in time and recount it & 
Scott afterwards told it to me. ! 

It was late in the fall and a flurry of snow was iil 
the air. The wind was fresh and blowing freely ; thi 
lights of the city had just begun to shine out and tht 
day workers were hurrying home to warm firesides 
Scott had been assigned to write up a political meet 
ing in the old ninth ward that night and he left thi 
office about five o'clock to get a bite of supper. 

The snow was falling so rapidly that he decided ti 

remain down town and not run up to his modest board';' 

1 1 
ing house which was six miles from the office. Hi 

had a good deal of time to spare and so he walkec ' 



along slowly, undecided as to where he would dine. 
In his aimless wanderings he heeded not the storm ; 
the brilliant lights, that threw their intermittent glare 
into the street, rather confused him and he was not 
aware of his locality until he found himself on the 
east side. 

There were no eating houses about that he had 
ever been in before, or had ever seen for that matter, 
so it became a question of great indifference where he 
should enter. The first eating establishment he ran 
across claimed his attention and, despite its dirty, 
dingy appearance, he entered it and sought out a 
quiet table away from the sweaty workers who bent 
over their food. 

He had entered one of those restaurants where th e 
service is hardly of the best, where heavy cups are 
used to hold the black coffee and one plate does duty 
for all courses. The waiters, too, were ill-kept and 
served the guests in their shirt sleeves. 

Across the aisle from where he sat was another 
small table, occupied by a man and a rather good 
looking young woman. Farther down, toward the 
door, were seated the regular habitues of the place 
with here and there a stranger scattered in. The 
proprietor, a fat, red-faced German, with an apron on, 
counted change behind a small sloping desk placed on 
the end of a long counter. The air was filled with 
tobacco smoke and unpleasant noises. At first this 

I troubled the reporter and made his eyes ache but he 
Isoon became used to it, and he finished his meal 

unnoticed. Then a peculiar thought came into his 

II mind. 

I Here he was situated in a city far distant from his 

jcountry home, the surroundings of his daily work were 

Edifferent from those he had left behind ; he intended 

(to make a success of his life, of that he was sure. If 

>he were to live amid the heathens, why should he not 

|do as the heathens were doing ? With that thought 

jin his mind, he ordered his first cigar. 

I The sensations incident to a first smoke are gener- 

lally so unpleasant that it is needless to picture them 

land it is not surprising to find that Scott passed 

'through them all even to that stage when the world 

seems an empty sham and life not worth the living. 

It was with some difficulty that he made his 

way from the eating saloon and started upon his 

assignment at the political meeting. As soon as he 

had reached the fresh air, the tobacco fumes that had 
risen to his head, gradually dissipated into fantastic, 
floating objects and then disappeared altogether. The 
fresh evening breeze braced him up completely, and 
it was with a lighter heart that he went on his way. 

He had a vague notion of what a political meeting 
would be where the speakers stand upon a carpeted 
platform and address an enthusiastic audience resplen- 
dant in store-made clothing, when the parish clergy- 
man would lead off with a long worded prayer and the 
district school teacher would close with a few fitting 
words regarding loyalty to one's country. It was 
some such meeting as this that " Scotty " expected 
to report. 

His way led him down several narrow streets and 
often he had to be directed, so strange were the 
places to him. At last, he reached a dirty, dingy 
looking building and was directed to an upper room 
which he entered with some trepidation. 

The place was well filled with a peculiar crowd of 
people, strange enough to " Scotty," who eyed him as 
he took his seat at the reportorial table. He was the 
only representative of the press who had deigned to 
grace the little hall and he was something of a curi- 
osity as he scribbled away taking down the frantic 
utterances of the fanatical speakers. 

As speaker after speaker ascended the platform, 
" Scotty's " blood mounted to his temples and his 
hand quivered nervously. Never before had he heard 
his beloved country so reviled as he did that night : 
never before had he listened to such unprincipled har- 
angues. Finally it became more than even he could 
stand, and, rising quickly in his seat, he hurled the 
inkstand at the speaker who had been more vituperant 
than any other and defied him to again slander their 
common country. 

This overt act of " Scotty's " was the sign for the 
raging factions to commence a regular partisan war- 
fare and it was not long before the room resembled a 
ring of fighting Kilkenny cats. Just when the fight 
was proving to be most interesting, some one turned 
off the gas to the utter consternation of all concerned. 

Then came cries that the police were coming, and 
"Scotty" felt a hand grasp his arm and a voice 
whisper in his ear that he was to follow quietly. With- 
out reasoning, the cub reporter made his way after 



his new companion and together they went down a 
dark stairway and out into a narrow back yard. 

J. T. P. 

[To be concluded.] 

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The sun had set and the deep red of the western 
sky had given place to that dusky twilight that pre- 
cedes the coming of the myriad stars of night. The 
evening lights began to glimmer from the half-draped 
windows of the small cottages that were scattered 
along the highway, while, here and there, a smoking 
chimney betrayed signs of life. 

The old cathedral of Elmes stood silently grand on 
the border of the heath that surrounded the small 
town of, perhaps, half-a-hundred homes. Within the 
solemn church, all was still, save the flickering can- 
dles that lighted the grim visage of some dead warrior 
saint. The aisles were wrapped in shadows that even 
stretched their portentous forms across the nave. 
The dim flame that lit the choir loft faintly outlined 
two silent figures that stood mutely facing the altar 
with its wealth of carved images and its fretted tracer- 
ies. The whole effect was so quiet that the figures 
seemed to be a part of the architectural plan and its 
dependent sculptures. 

The Fates had brought together within this conse- 
crated temple, two people from widely different climes 
and associations. One, a woman, had come from the 
far west ; the other, a man, from the highlands of 
Scotland, as free and pleasing as his native wilds. 
He was a sturdy, athletic fellow, well versed in the 
intricate ways of a busy world. His figure, which was 
erect and elastic, hardly showed the effects of two 
score years that had passed tumultuously over his 
head, and his face was handsomely chiselled, display- 
ing his passionate nature that was yet refined in its 

The woman was much the younger, hardly twenty- 
five, one would say, yet she possessed an air of thor-- 
ough breeding and of familiarity with the strange 
scenes by which she was surrounded. Her hair, 
which was dark and wavy, surrounded a face perfect 
in its symmetry. Her eyes were lustrous and of great 
depth and fire ; her features refined and classical ; 
her whole bearing was that of one much used to the 
luxuries of life. 

She came from an American metropolis where her 

early life had been spent in a convent, acquiring th e 
education that had stamped its refinement on every 
feature. Deprived early in life of a mother's watchful 
care, she had been sent by her father to the best 
school their native city afforded and then, directly 
after her graduation, she had accompanied her aunt 
abroad where she had remained during the last two 

The first sensations incident to travel had worn off 
and she had turned from the thronged streets of the 
gay capitals to the quiet by-ways of the more secluded 
portions of an overrun Europe. She had learned to 
love the odd bits of scenery that she found amid the 
less frequented countries, and her desire for solitude 
with its entrancing calmness had often lured her into 
many a strange town and hidden hamlet. It was 
during one of these solitary rambles that she had met 
the man who now stood by her side. 

At first there had sprung up between them a fellow- 
feeling so common to travellers who have the same 
object in view and who find that their routes lay 
through the same country towns. Their first pleas- 
ures consisted in visits to the galleries or an evening 
at the music halls, and as time went on, and they 
learned that their tastes were so harmonious on nearly 
every point, the first feeling of good-fellowship grad- 
ually widened to a broader sympathy. 

Month after month passed on, in this dream-life of 
wandering, and the ties, so accidentally formed 
between them, grew closer and closer. Neither of 
them seemed to realize that the platonic friendship 
once formed upon the shores of the Baltic was inten- 
sifying into a stronger bond as they moved southward 
towards Elmes. 

Travelling had been made pleasant in many little 
ways by the attention of the man, who had at once 
assumed control of the little party of three and who 
seemed never to tire in caring for the comforts of the 
woman and her aunt. In this way they progressed to 
Elmes which they reached about midday. 

The roads had been dusty and hot, and the hotel 
accommodations not of the best. Elmes, itself, was 
too small to offer any gay attraction but these two had 
long ago ceased to care for the ordinary points of 
interest, and had learned to read more poetry in the 
ivy-clustered cloister than in the deeply-vaulted nave. 

The afternoon of their arrival was devoted to such 



sights as the town itself might offer, and as these were 
few and uninteresting, the evening found them wan- 
dering idly about the old cathedral with its pillared 
arches. Their visit had been delayed till that time 
when they knew that the fading light would robe the 
edifice in a poetic fancy, and conjure up before their 
eyes many a dead saint and sleeping martyr. It was, 
then, the appropriateness of the hour that caused them 
to linger in the choir loft even after the candles were 

At last the woman moved and silently descended 
the narrow winding stairs until she had reached the 
nave ; then, with the man still by her side, she walked 
the aisles, until a side passage led her beside the tomb 
of some dead saint. Then she turned toward her 
companion and stood looking at him expectantly. He 
moved closer to her side and together they read the 
inscription on the tomb. 

For a few moments they were both silent, and the 
light from a swinging lamp threw its pale rays upon 
them as they stood amid the dead of preceding gener- 
ations. It was the man who first spoke and his words 
sounded strangely in the dim transept. His voice was 
low, and he had spoken some time before the woman 
realized that he was addressing to her words that he 
had never spoken before. 

" Mary," he was saying, " Do you not realize, as 
we stand here amid all this solemn grandeur, that the 
priceless gift of ages has come down to us both ? Can 
you not see that the same power that controlled the 
lives of these saints is that which shapes our destinies 
and actuates our desires? What ruled these noble 
men and women is coming to rule our lives. There 
is no escaping it ; there is no avoiding it. It is a law 
of this universe and is itself as universal as the spaces 
of heaven. 

" For days, aye, for months you and I have trod 
the same paths together, have listened to the same 
music and had the same thoughts. Into our lives has 
entered that germ which ennobled the life of the dead 
heroine at your feet. Struggle it as you may, 
you cannot avoid it. You have carefully refrained 
from giving me an opportunity to express those 
thoughts uppermost in my mind, but it is now impos- 
sible that we should go forward on our journey in the 
same relationship that hitherto we have occupied. 

" If you should ask that, Mary, it would be too 

much ; I could not do it. I must either claim that 
position to which my love for you entitles me or I must 
give the place to another. To be by your side, day 
after day, and not love you is demanding too much of 
any mortal man. Together we have ransacked the 
treasures of this continent, let me have the ' right to 
search the eternity with your sweet self for whatever 
promise of happiness there may be there. Mary, you 
must know how dearly, how tenderly I love you. Will 
you not be my wife ? " 

The woman did not move. She still stood before 
the tomb with eyes cast down and, except for a height- 
ened color in the cheek and a slight palpitation of her 
breast, it seemed as if she were unconscious of the 
fact that a man was baring a human soul to her gaze. 

" Mary, listen to me," he said, somewhat impa- 
tiently. " What made the life of this woman so great? 
This woman who sleeps before you ? What gave her 
the charming individuality that marked her as a saint? 
It was her love, my dear ; that was the strongest pas- 
sion her heart contained ; it planned her every action, 
it controlled her life. Her deeds were known by the 
love that prompted them ; her face beamed with that 
divine spark that could kindle into life the blackened 
ashes of despair." 

" Yes," said the woman, and it was the first word 
she had spoken. " But she loved no man ; she loved 
her God." 

"True," the man replied, and his voice was sad 
and broken. " It is not so ordained for all of us ; we 
cannot all be martyrs, but we can at least glorify our- 
selves by loving passionately one of God's purest 
creatures. Mary, do you not see how I hunger for 
your love ? How my heart yearns toward yours? I 
cannot wait longer, my aching heart will not allow me. 
Tell me, dearest, have you no love for me, no tender 
spot in that heart of yours ? Have you no return to 
make me for my great love for you ? " 

" You know I have, Herbert," the woman sighed, 
" You know I love you better than my life. Why do 
you ask? " 

The swinging lamp burned slowly out, leaving the 
transept in complete darkness. The sleeping statue 
had two forms kneeling by its side as the thin cres- 
cented moon pushed its face before the narrow window 
and cast its silvery rays upon the cold flagstones. 

J. L. M. 




It is somewhat of a venture to appear before the 
public without first passing through the weeding out 
and filing process incident to Professor Mills and the 
English department. However with the natural 
assumption of an ex-editor I make the venture, trust- 
ing to your courtesy to pass me into print, and hoping 
my many old friends, both in and out of college, may 
not begrudge me brief attention. 

Having suffered those distressing responsibilities of 
editorship of the college paper — attempting both to 
please the student and also arouse an active interest 
in Alma Mater on the part of a strangely silent, inap- 
preciative and wholly forgetful Alumni — I perhaps may 
be pardoned if I assume a duty which I believe 
incumbent upon every Alumnus, a duty often shirked. 
The pardon will no doubt be easier granted if I tell 
you that I am fulfilling a vow made under provoca- 
tion, which binds me to write yearly at least one 
article for the college paper. 

Naturally my first article, after graduation, embodies 
my observation and reflection upon the value of a 
college education. 

A few weeks ago a most surprising statement was 
made in public print by Mr, Andrew Carnegie, to the 
effect that he had hunted all over the United States 
for the successful college bred man, and had been 
unable to get sight of him. Mr. Carnegie is an emi- 
nently successful business man, and a conspicuous 
scholar, and the statement made by him must cer- 
tainly have some other meaning than the natural 
implication of his words. 

What he undoubtedly meant was that he had failed 
to find college men in places of prominence, or at 
least not conspicuous in manufacturing or commercial 
enterprises. We will concede the fact that college 
bred men are not, a priori, educated men, though we 
submit that he must have excluded in his statement 
that large class belonging to the so called learned pro- 
fessions. It is apparent that Mr. Carnegie has heard 
that a college course does not embrace the study of 
those technical subjects which will be of use to the 
student in after life. 

It is the Latin, psychology and higher mathematics 
which arouse the opposition of men of Mr. Carne- 
gie's type. They do not use these things in their bus- 

iness and they do not know anyone that does. So 
they very naturally think that these things are useless. 
The truth is that Mr. Carnegie is somewhat misin- 
formed as to the scope of the curriculum in modern 
institutions of learning. For most colleges now 
offer technical training to those who wish to take it. 

But aside from the mere thought of technical 
education there is another and it is this thought 
which I wish to bring principally to your attention. 
Most college men prefer to look upon their Alma 
Mater as an agency for the spread of culture ; not 
that the chief end of education is to produce farmers, 
lawyers or dairymen. But that its object should be 
to put as many cultivated gentlemen as possible into 
the world. This was the theory on which the old 
academic course was built. 

That there has been a change in the general atti- 
tude of the world towards the university is of course 
patent to the most superficial observer. The change 
is one that has been at work in the world ever since 
the invention of printing turned the common stream 
of human knowledge, " The pent up waters of cloister 

My own observations have shown me that the col- 
lege bred man, whatever may have been his course 
of study, is successful to a larger degree, under equal 
conditions, than the empiricist. I conceive that one 
of the chief ends of education is personal culture, and 
not solely to make competent machinists, metalurgists, 
farmers or dairymen, and .the most superficial obser- 
vation discovers the cultured, college bred man from 
that great mass out of the guild. 

The system of education is a progressive science as 
is revealed by the modern university course, and has 
no more relation to the old classical course than the 
Copernican theory of astronomy bears to the Ptole- 
mic theory. 

It is somewhat strange that Mr. Carnegie has failed 
to note such men as JosephH.Choate, Theodore Roos- 
evelt and Chauncey M. Depew, who are eminently, 
successful college bred men. Indeed it is only upon 
the theory that the highest duty to which manhood 
may be called is the smelting and weighing of pig 
iron, or the successful planting of a field of squash, 
that we could admit the observations of Mr. Carnegie. 
The highest type of manhood can only be evolved 
from the highest standards of intellectual develop- 



ment, and this developments is obtained most 
thoroughly and completely through the influence of 
our institutions of learning. 

The college bred man, apart from his book study, 
is taught in an exacting manner the principles of per- 
sonal rights and social intercourse, and in such impres- 
sive form as no other opportunity affords. 

College intercourse cultivates social delicacies, and 
Joubert says "Where there is no delicacy there is no 

The college bred man is the crowning laurel of the 
great American school system, itself the foundation 
rock of which the college is the completed structure. 

R. D. Warden. 


The April number of the American German Review 
has what is called " A Bouquet of Souvenirs " related 
to college days at Gottingen with a review of the 
alumni dinner given in New York on the 12th of last 
November. As this was the first reunion of Gottin- 
gen American students and as the list of diners in- 
cludes so many names prominent in affairs of this 
continent it deserves more than a passing mention. 
Aggie has long been closely identified with the uni- 
versity over the sea and any event that is of import- 
ance to the one institution is equally important to the 

This dinner was given at the Metropolitan Club by 
J. Pierpont Morgan, Prof. Charles Frederick Chand- 
ler, of Columbia University and James Duncan 
Hague, of New York city. At the invitation of these 
gentlemen, as hosts, thirty-five prominent Americans 
sat at the table and discussed those old days when 
they had attended the little German town and had 
patronized the best of Fritz Bettermann. The occa- 
sion was made memorable by the eminence in circles 
of learning and business of the participants, and, of the 
225 American students who attended Gottingen, it 
was found that 140 are still alive in America. 

In the article, above mentioned, some of the 
alumni have contributed articles, reminiscence in 
character of their beloved Alma Mater and a unique 
facsimile ot the menu is published. This latter of 
itself is a gem in art and thought. The courses were 

arranged geologically from the age of Mollusks, which 
of course was the oyster, through the age of Reptiles, 
Terrapin ; the age of Mammals, lamb ; the Volcanic 
Period, Plum Porphyry with Igneous Sauce, up to the 
Reminiscent Period which included mineral waters 
and Mumm. 

The " Bouquet of Souvenirs " contains contribu- 
tions by such well-known men as James D. Hague, 
e'. p. Harris, John W. Burgess, J. W. Mallett, G. 
H.Putnam, Ira Remsen, and our own Dr. Goessmann, 
all dealing with questions pertinent to Gottingen life 
both at the University and at " Mine Host," old Fritz 

American students owe much to Gottingen, and 
especially are we, here, indebted to that German 
University which has sent forth so many chemists of 
world-wide fame, and which has given our graduates 
a glorious opportunity unequalled in the annals of col- 
legiate life. Aside from the benefit to be derived from 
attending a university of so high a standing as that of 
Gottingen, there is a great benefit to be had from 
close communion with the German himself. German 
atmosphere is one of calm, deep thought, of concen- 
trated effort, and the foreigner p artakes of this uncon- 
sciously. Dr. Goessmann has pungently put it when 
he wrote for this article, — " The somewhat rural 
character of Gottingen life, comparatively free from 
diverting outside influences, cannot otherwise be but 
helpful in promoting an actively studious life." 

The records of Americans who have been students 
at this quiet old town enroll such names as George 
Bancroft, George Tickner, Longfellow, Motley, and 
many others. It is recorded that on the Fourth of 
July, 1832, Herr von Bismark and John Lothrop 
Motley dined together in celebration of the day ; thus, 
in that far distant land, were linked together on that 
day the names of a history-maker and of a history- 
recorder, both men of great achievement, each in his 
line and yet both were intimately connected in their 
life work. 

The American colony in Gottingen is well founded 
and flourishing, the presiding officer being termed the 
" Patriarch," which office is handed down from each 
retiring incumbent to his successor. At present, Mr. 
L. W. Reid, of Alexandria, Virginia, recently instruc- 
tor in Mathematics at Princeton University, holds 
that high office, 




Collect PoifS- 

Capt, W. M. Wright arrived in Amherst from 

Cuba last week. 

— The speaking of the Burnham tens before the 
faculty will take place at 2-15 Thursday, May 18. 

— On Friday May 12, the periodicals belonging to 
the Reading-room Association were sold at auction. 

— About two weeks ago Professor Flint took the 
Senior class in Geology to the cave at Mt. Toby, 
where many facts concerning the rock formation of 
this part of the country were learned. 

— In place of the regular work in botany last Fri- 
day, the Freshmen made a botanizing trip to Mt. 
Warner. On Monday the Agriculture class inspected 
the herd of Holsteins at the Northampton asylum. 

— A new tar walk has been laid from the Drill Hall 
to the Veterinary Laboratory. Without doubt the 
members of the College would also appreciate a tar 
walk up the Botanic walk. It would certainly be very 
much used. 

— About two weeks ago the pond was drained off, 
and since that time it has never ceased to emit a 
most vicious odor. We believe it is the intention of 
the authorities in charge to remove some of the sedi- 
ment that is fast filling up the water basin. We 
would suggest that the work be started before the 
cold weather sets in as the frost would render the mud 
difficult to work. 

— During the past month there has been more or 
less of a revival of tennis among the students. There 
is scarce an afternoon but that an observer may find 
the three courts occupied by players and many specta- 
tors on the side lines. Why not revive the tennis 
tournament which was in great favor here two years 
ago ? The tennis directors should be glad to show 
their importance in arranging such an affair. 

— A chemical excursion has been planned by Dr. 
Wellington for Friday, May 19, open to members of 
the Special Class in Chemistry and any other students 
interested. The program is as follows : Leave Am- 
herst 7-33 A. M., visit Springfield Brewery, Gas Plant, 
Central Heating Station, dinner, Holyoke, paper mill, 
Mt. Tom station, pulp mill, return to Amherst at 6-17 
p. M. 

— George H. Wright '98 has offered a College pinfo: 
to the man making the most points in the meet against 
Williston. The men training for the different events 
are : 100 yds. and 220 yds.. Brown. Macomber, Dick- 
erman, Chickering, Cole and Dellea; 440 yds. Whit- 
man, Cole, Brown.James, Sharpe ; 880 yds.. Sharpe 
Whitman, Maynard. James, Dawson; one mile. May- 
nard, Wilson, Felch; hurdles 120 and 220, Claflin, 
Whitman, Landers, Barry, Dorman ; pole vault, Del 
lea, Barry, Chase, Dwyer, Canto, Henry; high jump, 
Dorman, Claflin, Barry, Landers, Macomber ; shot 
put, Stanley, Pierson, Graves, Cook, Baker, Barry 
hammer, Stanley, Baker, Cook, Barry, Bridgeforth, 
Parmenter ; discus, Graves, Baker, Stanley, Cook, 
Pierson, Barry ; bicycle and and two miles, Saunders, 
Chickering, Crane, Pierson, and Dorman. 

— Arrangements have been made whereby the debt 
of the old Reading-room Association has been 
assumed by the Advisory Board, and after some delay 
the room has been re-opened. Many changes have 
been made in its appearance and management. The 
former entrance has been closed, the door opposite 
the Q. T. V. rooms being now used. The passage- 
way through the building has also been closed, and 
the hall on the north side remodeled into a telephone- 
booth. The loss of the passageway is a considerable 
inconvenience, but was deemed necessary in order to 
secure quiet in the entry. A sidewalk to take its 
place is being built around the west end of the dormi- 
tory. The removal of the telephones to a separate 
room is certainly a great improvement, as is also the 
hat and book rack which has been put up. The read- 
ing-room itself has also undergone a transformation 
The floor and desks have been painted, and a new lot 
of chairs provided. It is understood that the faculty 
are to completely refurnish the room during the sum- 
mer vacation. The list of periodicals and magazines 
is much the same as before. An innovation is a desk 
for a student attendant, who is always present while 
the room is open, that is from 7-15 to 8-00 a. m., and 
12-30 to 10-00 p. M. In case of disorder or confusion 
of any kind he is directly responsible to the Advisory 
Board. But it is a significant fact that there is little 
to be complained of. The few rules, similar to those 
of all first-class reading-rooms, seem, when coupled 
with an earnest, desire of the students themselves for 




better order, to be amply sufficient. Only those who 
have paid their ternn tax are admitted, thus prevent- 
ing any possibility of running into debt. The room Is 
to be run on strictly business principles and is under 
the direct control of the Advisory Board. 


Barre, Mass.. May 8, '99. 

Dear Merrill : — As 1 am breaking in a nev/ pipe 
my thoughts return to my " alma mater " guided, to 
be sure, by that honorable and worthy organ of the 
undergraduate body, Aggie Life. 

It does look as though the college was " up against 
it " as far as baseball is concerned, still it seems as 
though the fellows are lamentably weak in not taking 
a bad matter by the head and pulling it through to the 
best of their ability. No organization can be carried 
on successfully without lots of hard and conscientious 
work by the leaders. When the body of students 
realize that their officers are meeting the responsibili- 
ties of their position to the best of their ability it is 
my honest opinion that they will be given the solid 
support they deserve. Our teams have most assur- 
edly made favorable records in previous years and I 
iam sanguine that we can be represented by a fairly 
good' team this season. 

Without being able to give any good logical reason 
'For my convictions, 1 cannot believe there is anything 
more directly responsible for the present deplorable 
condition of many of the college organizations, than 
the fact that there is no military drill. When that is 
resumed 1 am confident that the college will spruce up. 

The athletic meet with Williston is a good thing 
and 1 wish I could do something to help our boys to 
win. Whatever may be the results I shall be pleased 
!to give a College Pin (or the cash equivalent if he 
already has one) to the M. A. C. man who wins the 
'imost points in this meet, and I will be obliged to you 
if you will so inform the members of the team. 

With congratulations to your Aggie Life board for 
standing up for the best sentiments concerning college 
organizations, 1 am 

Very truly yours, 

Geo. H. Wright, 

M. A. G. '98. 


American Statesmen Series, — Life of Thaddeus 
Stevens. This is the only reliable biography of " The 
Great Gommoner "who was so conspicuous a figura in 
Gongress during the critical period of 1861-1868. 
The legislative work of that period stands unap- 
proached in difficulty and importance in the history of 
Congress. There were financial measures of import- 
ance, the work of reconstruction and great constitu- 
tional amendments ; with all these problems he was 
especially identified. He was also one of the fore- 
most leaders in the unsuccessful movement for the 
impeachment ot President Johnson. Representative 
McGall from Massachusetts is the author of the work 
and has told the story exceedingly well. 

Evolution of Plants, by Douglas Houghton Campbell, 
Ph. D. The basis of this volume is a course of lec- 
tures given at Stanford University and its purpose is 
to organize well-known botanical material to illustrate 
the probable lines of evolution. It is a clear, concise 
summary of what is now known concerning the data 
from which the genealogical history of the vegetable 
kingdom may be traced. Chapters are included on 
the geological history of plants, the factors affecting 
their geographical distribution and the relation of 
plants to animals. It is full of interest and suggestion 
and commends itself to botanists and those interested 
in biological study in general. This book is one of 
twenty-five recently donated to the library by J. H. 
Webb of the class of '73. 

Ichthyologia Ohiensis. This book is a verbatum 
reprint from the original which was published nearly 
eighty years ago by C. S. Rafinesque, the pioneer 
ichthyologist of America. It is a natural history of 
the fishes inhabiting the Ohio river and its tributaries. 
The wide range of the species of the Ohio in all the 
waters of the Mississippi basin makes the work of 
more extended utility than its name implies. This 
book like many other of Rafinesque's publications 
was objected to and critisized — not without reason — 
by his contemporary naturalists, but he cannot be 
entirely ignored for we will always be indebted to him 
for the original descriptions of many recognized 
species of fresh water fish. The originals of this 
book are very rare and valuable as only eight copies 
are known to exist. 




The Westfield High School Herald recently ran a 
good series of articles aiming to give an inkling into 
college life. Social life at Wellesley and at Brown 
were discussed. Yale customs and a winter term at 
Amherst were written up in a pleasant way. Let the 
good work go on. 

The Teck recently placed a very important matter 
before the students in a spicy editorial commending 
the efforts being made to establish a representative 
college song. This is what every college in the land 
should have ; no insipid affair, but a lively, vigorous 
stirring strain to keep forever green the memory and 
traditions of our alma mater. 

Read the Holy Cross Purple for May. 


Attention is called to the fact that the Old Reading 
Room Association, which has been in operation for 
several years past, was last term dissolved, and this 
term a New Reading Room was established on a 
firmer and more satisfactory basis, under the supervis- 
ion of certain members of the faculty. Here is an 
excellent chance for some of the Alumni to show 
their interest in the college by contributing pictures 
and pieces of furniture. More definite information 
may be obtained by writing to the ALUMNI EDITOR. 
We are trying to make a good thing out of this. 
Help us along. 

'83. — Dr. J. B. Lindsey, chief chemist Hatch 
Experiment Station, was taken very seriously ill a 
short time ago, while at the home of his parents in 
Marblehead. Not long since, the Doctor suffered 
from an attack of pneumonia which upset his system, 
and finally resulted in blood poisoning, the cause of 
his present illness. According to the last report the 
Doctor is slowly gaining ground. It is hoped that he 
will soon be in his accustomed place of business, for 
there is probably no man about the college in whom 
the farmers have more confidence than in Dr. Lind- 
sey. Surely this confidence is merited by his honest 
and open manner combined with a most thorough 
knowledge of his line of chemistry. 

'90. — Smith-Piper. A pretty home wedding 
occurred in North Hadley, at high noon, on April 29th, 
at which time Mr. F J. Smith was united in marriage 
to Miss Nettie Piper, daughter of H. G. Piper of 
North Hadley. The ceremony was performed by 
Rev. J. W. Lane, the Episcopal ritual being used. 
Mr. Smith has for several years been in the employ 
of the Gypsy Moth Department of the Board of Agri- 
culture, as chemist. After a short wedding trip, the 
couple intend to make their home in Maiden for the 
summer, coming back to Amherst in the fall. We 
wish them much happiness. 

'95. — R. A. Gooley, Ass't Entomologist, Hatch 
Experiment Station. Congratulations are in order 
for Mr. Gooley, who has recently been appointed to a 
full professorhip of Entomology and Zoology at the 
Montana State Gollege. He is also to fill the position 
of State Entomologist. The Montana State College 
has an attendance of about one hundred and seventy 
students, and is located in Bozeman. an enterprising 
town of several thousand inhabitants, in the south- 
western part of the state, on the line of the Northern 
Pacific railway. The college is co-educational (so is 
ours ! !). Bozeman is not more than forty or fifty 
miles from the Yellowstone National Park, to which 
\ve expect Mr, Gooley will make many enjoyable 
visits ; and in his spare moments, we trust that he 
will remember us with a few notes about that interest- 
ing region and his experiences there. Mr. Cooley's 
case shows what quiet and persistent work will do, 
and may the example he has set be followed. 

'95. — W. A. Root recently received an addition to 
his family in the form of a little daughter. It is 
hoped that the M. A. G. will be remembered as a co- 
educational institution. Mr. Root's address is North- 
ampton, Mass. 

'96. — Newton Shultis is with Mark Shultis, shipper 
of grain, Chamber of Commerce Building, Boston, 

'96. — H. C. Burrington recently paid a visit to 
some of his old friends at the college, and seemed to 
be enjoying good health. Mr. Burrington is at pres- 
ent foreman and manager of, the milk farm of Mr. 
Cowls, one of the largest milk dealers in and around 



Ex-'96, — J. E. Green, Secretary and Treasurer of 
the Burbank Produce Co., 214 Summer Street., 
Worcester, Mass. The Burbank Produce Co., suc- 
ceeds to the firm of N. G. Burbank 81 Co., which was 
dissolved May 1st of this year. 

'97. — C. A. Peters is to be congratulated upon the 
success he has already attained in his chosen profes- 
sion. He has been taking a post-graduate course in 
chemistry at Yale University in preparation for that 
institution's Ph. D. degree, and it is understood that 
his work has been of such merit as to gain for him 
promotion to position as instructor at the university 
while still studying for his degree. The college is 
proud of such men. 

'97. — C. A. Norton was in town last week. 

'98. — A. L. Emrich paid us a visit last Sunday. 
He is still employed in the post office at Chicopee, 

'98. — Avedis G. Adjemian is stopping for a short 
time in Manhattan, Texas. 



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AMHERST, MASS., MAY 31, 1899. 

NO. 15 

Published Fortnightly by Students of the Massachusetts Agricultural College. 

Students and Alumni ara requested to contribute. Communications should be addressed, Aggie Life. Ai.iherst, Mass. Aggie Life will b« sent 
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Every day brings into our lives its sunshine and its 
shade, its light spots and its dark patches ; it is this 
very variation of color that gives us an incentive for 
higher and nobler aims. Often the shadows are par- 
ticularly black and forbidding, yet they must ever be 
followed by the brighter sunlight of hope and en- 
deavor. They bring with them increasing love and 
tenderness which in turn tend to soften their terrible 
blackness until the bright, life-giving sun once again 
paints our horizon with the tinges of hope, and we 
cheerfully take ^up our cross and resume our life 
march with lighter and stronger hearts, more firmly 
bound together. 

During the past two weeks the College was made 
the recipient of a gift picture of Pres't Clark from his 
son, Atherton Clark, and his daughter, Mrs. Stearns. 
A notice of the picture and its present location is given 
in another column. It is eminently proper that we 
should have a better picture of our great president 

than that which the old crayon afforded us and the 
thanks of the College are due to the donors for a gift 
that will be appreciated by alumni and undergraduates 

There is more or less complaint evinced annually 
regarding the loss of books from our library and the 
lack of a reliable means of notifying those who have 
books overdue. Nearly every library of any size 
whatever has some method of notification and we, 
with our books so much in demand, need a system 
that will fully meet the requirements of the case. It 
would hardly be necessary to send printed notices to 
every delinquent but it would be possible to post 
weekly such a list as should embody those names 
credited with books overdue. The purloining of books 
from the library is a habit liable to be commonly 
practiced until it is looked upon in a manner hardly 
consistent with the attitude of a gentlemen. A little 
over a year ago we had the pleasure of visiting an 
alumnus and found in his room eight library books 
overdue anywhere from a year to six weeks. There 



was no criminal intention upon the part of this past 
graduate, it was simply carelessness, but it was a 
carelessness that should be corrected and not allowed 
to occur a second time. 

Before our next issue there will have occurred our 
track meet with Williston. It is extremely hard to 
forecast the exact future, but judging from all points 
available we should make a very fair showing and, 
perhaps, walk off the field a victor. However the re- 
sults may turn, there is a little band of students who 
have done good, conscientious work the past few 
weeks and on their shoulders rests the glory of old 
Aggie. They have been very faithful and patient 
during the hard days of their duty, and they deserve 
to be encouraged in every way possible. They will 
leave our campus with the best wishes of every loyal 
heart here amongst us, and we will go over in a body 
to encourage their work and to praise their victories. 
We trust that they will meet with gentlemanly treat- 
ment at the hands of their worthy foes and that they 
will be extended those common courtesies that we 
should be glad to show any visiting team upon our own 
grounds. Williston has not always assured our teams 
the protection from the- common town rabble that was 
deserved, but this year we meet upon a little different 
footing and any unwonted display of disapproval will 
undoubtedly be checked. 

A MONTH ago, Aggie Life offered a prize of three 
volumes of Hawthorne's works for the best story sub- 
mitted to the editor before May 25th of this year. 
But one story has been submitted. It is inconceiv- 
able that such a state of affairs should exist in this 
college. It is a virtual admission that either but one 
member of the College, aside from the Life board, 
can write an English story, or else that there was not 
energy enough in the four classes to put another one 
together. It is a disreputable admission to make and 
one of which the undergraduates should be heartily 
ashamed. A few rumors have come to our ears re- 
garding this condition, two of which we will mention, 
the rest are beneath our notice. One reason assigned 
for the non-appearance of stories was that the under- 
graduate was " not going to the work of writing a fif- 
teen hundred word article for three twenty-five cent 
paper covered novels." This is rather an insult to us 

personally and not very complimentary to our story 
writer, yet it most certainly furnishes us with a just crite- 
rion by which we may judge the mind of its author. We 
flattered ourselves that we were capable of judging 
what was in good taste, but now we have been 
accused of offering a prize far beneath the deserts of 
the young author. Let us remind this noble Ameri- 
can that once upon a time it was deemed a worthy 
sport to throw a discus or to rhyme a lyric for a 
despised wreath of oak leaves that was fit only to be 
placed upon the brow. It is exceedingly unfortunate 
that the author of these glowing words, anent " paper 
covered novels," has not imbibed a reverence for the 
beauty that their pages contain and that he could not 
have won the prize, so as to have assured himself of 
the value of our gifts of which now he must forever 
remain totally ignorant. The other reason, and one 
perhaps expressed in much better taste, was that of a 
feeling unequal to the task of writing such a story as 
the requirements asked. This is a modest feeling 
which must be applauded, but nevertheless it is a 
wrong one. As it has happened, no one would have 
been unequal to the competition, for there was none. 
A standard of excellence, such as would have been 
expected, would have been moulded to meet the cir- 
cumstances of the college : a Kipling or a Stevenson 
is hardly to be looked for here, and the judges did not 
anticipate any su^h. What was asked was a con- 
scientious effort, a brave trial ; and yet but one has 
dared to make it. For this reason the Life prize 
goes a-begging. 

It is about time that a word was said respecting 
the abuse of the bicycle, that has become so com- 
mon with us. This useful invention is of a very 
recent date and, with our usual propensity to rush to 
extremes, we have built up for ourselves an unenviable 
reputation for recklessness. Not content with enjoy- 
ing the benefits to be derived from a rational exercise 
we must, perforce, abuse it to the extent of acquiring 
the " bicycle face " and the '' bicycle stoop." If 
some of the riders who fondly imagine that they are 
sights of beauty while endeavoring to grind their noses 
on the tires of their front wheels, could be made to , 
realize the ridiculous figure that they cut, there would] 
be much less of this detestable scorching. The prac- 
tice of using a high seat, a great drop, and deeply 



curved handle-bars is not conducive either to beauty 
of outline or to the best of physical development, and 
the rider who curls his knees within an inch and a 
half of his chin is rather an example of our prehistoric 
progenitors than of a well developed specimen of 
twentieth century manhood. Aside from the terrible 
violations of all that is graceful, it is highly dangerous 
to both pedestrian and rider alike that scorching 
should be continued. At its best, it is but the play of 
the race-track where the super-heated atmosphere of 
excited exertion finds its outlet in a short life and a 
stunted manhood. It is seldom that a racer lives to 
the average age, and when by good fortune that figure 
happens to be passed, a wrecked manhood is the re- 
sult of youthful follies. Such a position as the 
scorcher must take is against all the canons of physi- 
cal development, and the racer is only enabled to 
keep on the track by aid of the greatest of care and 
skill. It is needless to speak of the numerous acci- 
dents that happen through neglect of simple cautions 
upon the part of the rider ; our streets see them but 
too often and they form a very delectable part of the 
daily journals that are perused by those morbidly con- 
scious of a delight that finds its origin in all that is 
inhuman. For the quiet rider there is much enjoy- 
ment missed by his more careless brother. There is 
the beauty of scenery, totally lost by the scorcher ; 
there is the pleasure of the varying breezes instead of 
the huricane that invariably speeds by the racer, and 
above all, there is the consciousness of an equable 
physical development and a freer course of the blood 
never realized by the one who thinks only of raising 
the figures on his cyclometer. 

In another column we publish a notice regarding 
the new regulations governing admission to this Col- 
lege, to which we desire to draw the attention of every 
reader of the Life. It is a new departure from our 
usual methods of procedure and warrants the fullest 
publicity that can possibly be given it by every loyal 
alumnus. In place of the regular entrance examina- 
tions, a certificate from the principal of the high 
school at which the applicant has graduated, will be 
accepted if written upon blanks furnished for that pur- 
pose. The faculty have had this matter under con- 
sideration for some time and have but now definitely 
outlined such a list of accredited schools as shall be 

acceptable for this privilege. This is a move in the 
right direction and deserves every word of encourage- 
ment that we are able to give it. The public school 
system of this state is excelled by no other such sys- 
tem in the world, and we are in the same relationship 
to the state as are the lower graded schools. The 
opportunities that we have to offer the high school 
graduate are the best that talent and money can fur- 
nish, and it is but right that every incentive should be 
used to bring the young sons of this state to the insti- 
tution that their fathers have established and are now 
supporting. With this broadening of our field from 
which we are to draw our students, comes the duty of 
setting before the young men a just statement of 
our work and its results. We are not limited to a 
narrow field of study, as many unacquainted with our 
curriculum unjustly suppose, but we are essentially a 
scientific institution in all that the name implies. 
This era of competition has awakened a great demand 
for a scientific knowledge of the forces of nature that 
the very best may be obtained from fairly adverse 
conditions. The day of the laborer who depends 
upon chance for a livelihood is fast passing, and the 
cry to-day is for specialists. And with this cry, as a 
sort of supplement, every school established is using 
its utmost endeavors to push forward a special line of 
work. High salaries always await the specialist, and 
with this condition comes the broadening out of indi- 
vidual influence and exertion. Although a specialist, 
whether he be a botanist or an entomologist, must of 
necessity be thoroughly conversant with his line of 
work, he must also have a general education and in 
this respect the Mass. Agricultural College stands 
pre-eminent. Without totally disregarding the classics, 
that line of study so often pursued to excess, the cur- 
riculum is modelled upon thoroughly scientific lines, 
which in turn are strengthened by the presence of a 
large faculty, every member of which is a noted 
savant. Thus, in placing the opportunities oT this 
College more fully within the reach of every young 
man in the state, the faculty have taken a step that 
is to be highly commended in every way. 

In a recent issue we spoke editorially of the need 
of a better English among the general writers of the 
day and this can be most easily supplimented with a 
with a plea for a wider reading and a higher criticism 



of current literature. The youth of to-day is lament- 
ably lacking in the just appreciation of what is good 
and beautiful In the modern methods of telling a tale, 
and as often selects for his idle hour the veriest trash 
when the true and the just are as near at hand. This 
selection is due, no doubt, to a morbid desire for hav- 
ing the passions unduly excited on any and all occa- 
sions, without regard to the fact that those passions 
are too often excited in a manner highly detrimental 
to a just estimate of life. It is not intended to put in 
a plea for the classics, so often studied for their style 
alone, but for those contemporaneous books that 
embody scenes true to life-movement and life-im- 
pulses. These are legion and their good is wide- 
spread, but with all of their efficacy they do not at- 
tract the casual reader as does some blood an d thun- 
der, melodramatic tale whose underlying principles 
are totally false and whose characters are not consist- 
ently developed for any two successive pages. Laying 
aside any discussion of theme, for that becomes 
merely a matter of private taste, we enter that realm 
of development of plot by which the true story may 
be told from the false, and here the laws of Art mark 
the boundaries between the good and the bad with no 
uncertain hand. The latitude to be allowed the per- 
sonal equation in the criticism of a modern novel is 
one upon which critics agree to differ, but to form a 
just appreciation of an author's works, we must lay 
aside all personal dislike to subject and location, and 
judge the actions given to the characters from our 
own knowledge of human nature. And just here 
enters that great factor that makes a critic great ; a 
world-wide knowledge of human intercourse is almost 
absolutely necessary. The greater the understanding 
we have of human actions the more prone are we to 
cast aside the novel of melodramatic intensity that 
embodies its actions in purely physical manifestations 
and to take up that which treats rather of the ethical 
actions and their resultant effects. We might term 
these two writings as the extrinsic and the intrinsic ; 
that which is the outward effect from causes some 
times partly or wholly hidden, and that which is the 
cause of the after effects. The first does not imply a 
depth of character knowledge, for outward actions 
may often be portrayed without a just appreciation of 
the motives within, while the second necessarily de- 
mands a thorough realization of those acts and 

thoughts that synthesize the life of any active man. i 
The first is the easy method for the charlatan, the 
second is too difficult to be readily handled except by 
the masters. It is easier to take an action and 
ascribe its motives than it is to take the motives and 
draw the consistent actions ; one marks the incom- 
plete dabler, the other shows the knjvledge of genius. 

irt\pr^S|Bon$ ®t a^n idaer. 

Three weeks more, only three, and this summer 
term will be over ; the Idler will put aside this life of 
ease and laziness with nothing to do but eat, drink and 
study, and take up the laborious work of the summer. 
No more will his time be spent in idleness with idle 
fancies ; summer means exertion lest he be over- 
powered by the heat of the scorching sun in its course 
across the heavens. Every evening he will labor lest 
his friends will think that college life is making him 
unsocial. How short will be these remaining days, 
with not a care to mar the happiness of the time, not 
an anxious thought to cause the hours to drag! It is 
true a few petty examinations are scheduled to occupy 
the attention for a day or two, note-books must be ready, 
completed to the certain degree of exactness required 
by the different departments ; but these are only tri- 
fles whose disagreeableness will be wholly inappreci- 
ated so completely will it be overshaded by the 
thoughts of the exercises of the days to follow. 

The usual enthusiasm and college spirit for Com- 
mencement and Commencement exercises has not 
been manifested very strongly yet ; but the spirit and 
enthusiasm is there and it is bound to appear, the 
Idler has seen it. All life is not yet dead. Let us be 
modern ; it is like the liquid air, stoppered firmly in a 
bottle. It is cool in itself but it will expand and burst 
out with great vigor and strength. All will feel its 
influence and recognize its existence among them. 

Very little has the Idler heard of the coming Com- 
mencement. Our worth/ Seniors are to plant their 
ivy and under an inspiration caused by a meditation on 
the future of the plant, how, nourished by the earth 
about its roots, it will grow great and beautiful, cling- 
ing to the walls of the chapel building, its only support, 
thus inspired they will see their own future and for our 
profit we may have one glimpse. They have been 
nourished by their college, their thoughts have been 



rooted in a deep and fertile soil, they will develop and 
grow great and beautiful, clinging to their Alma Mater 

: even more closely than the ivy to the wall. That we 
may better appreciate their future in all its greatness 

' and glory, we may be given a history of their past. 

! During four years of college life they have accom- 

' plished many things ; they have had their friendly 
fiuarrels, and have v/orr many victories. They will 
speak of these, they will speak of their classmates 
who were dropped by the way with the tenderness of 
one who mourns a departed brother. They may tell 
us of our faults but when all is over the pipe of peace 
will be passed around, the hatchet will be buried under 
the hemlock tree and in perfect peace with all the 
world the class of '99 will leave us with their last 

A faint whisper has reached the Idler's ear that 
breathed a word about a Senior Prom. Whether it 
spoke of hope or death could not be heard. It should 
not die. The voice of the evening chorus that is to 
sing under the elm on the campus every evening as 
the sun goes down is very weak and feeble also, it is 
scarcely audible. It will surely strengthen. The 
reveille and morning gun will awaken us with the ear- 
liest dawn and our flag will mount to its staff above us 
all in a truly martial style. 

There is plenty of spirit and enthusiasm and there is 
plenty of chance for it to expand. 

The Idler. 



V/hen "Scotty" realized his position and the 
events through which he had just passed, his brain 
began to whirl and he had to clutch his companion 
for support. The night was intensely cold, and the 
snow that covered the ground formed a white backing 
that every shadow seemed to mock. The sky had 
cleared some time before and now the silver rimmed 
moon was slowly toiling across the heavens, silhouet- 
ting the tall buildings against the winter sky. 

As soon as he had recovered himself sufficiently, 
the reporter turned to his companion and asked to be 
directed to the main thoroughfare. His rescuer was, 
perhaps, one of the lowest specimens of that disrepu- 
table district into which " Scotty's " duties had called 
him, and he felt no delight at the companionship. 

With a leer, that was half drunken, the fellow said, 
edging close to the reporter: "Say, cully, you'se a 
kid, aintyer? Didn't know no better than to trow 
anything at Larry's head, did yer, now? Look here, 
young-un, I'se saved yer, see ! An' whit did I do it 
fer, eh ? Youse don't suppose, we lay about here fur 
nothin', do yer? Well, come, drive up ! " 

" Scotty " was more than astonished. To be saved 
by an unknown, and then to be asked to pay for it was 
beyond his powers of conception, and yet his business 
sense told him that in this world everything received 
must be paid for in one way or another. Without 
more words, Scott took out of his pocket a roll of bills 
and handed his companion a dollar. He thought that 
this was a just reward for one who had pulled him out 
of a difficulty. 

" Say, cove, do yer tink I'll go a ^paper one? 

I'm not so easy, see ? I'll take de pile, dat I will," 
and with that he made a grab for the rest that " Scotty " 
held in his hand. 

With a nervous start, the reporter stepped back and 
the tough missed his aim but was on his feet again, 
madder than ever. 

" Look-a-here, youngster, 'fore I lay yer out, I'll 
trouble yer fer all yer got. Do youse tink I'd show 
yer the gang's secret passage fer one greener. No, 
yer don't, kid," as "Scotty" attempted to get by 
him. " I'm tough, I am, and I kin do youse. Quick, 
or I'll hammer yer head." 

Scott thought that discretion was the better part of 
valor and was about to hand over all his money when 
a thought entered his mind, and, being impulsive, he 
acted upon it without question. V/ithout a mom.ent's 
warning he sprang at the tough's throat and before the 
reporter realized what had happened, he and his antag- 
onist were rolling upon the ground beating each other 
with all the strength possible. First one way and 
then another they writhed, until Scott was conscious 
of some one else being present and that the new party 
was taking a hand in the fracas. At first it was diffi- 
cult to tell upon which side the new comer stood, so 
fierce was the fighting, but after a moment Scott felt 
a new hand grip his throat and a blow descend upon 
his head; after that he became unconscious. 

When he regained a clear brain, the reporter found 
himself bound hand and foot, thrown into a dark 
corner of a room where several men were present. 




At first the events of the night would not come back 
but as he lay quietly on his matting he began to real- 
ize his position and the terrible consequences of it 
flashed before him. He could stir neither hand nor 
foot ; so tightly was he bound that the ropes cut into 
his wrists and bruised his skin. He could hardly 
believe there was a body of men in such an en- 
lightened city who would dare to so molest him. 
His first impulse was to cry out for help but he reas- 
oned that it would do no 'good as he was beyond the 
hearing of any passer-by, and that any action upon his 
part would only precipitate another beating. 

As he lay with his eyes shut, unconscious to all 
intents and purposes, he became aware of the fact 
that the men in the room were talking of some private 
business, the import of which he could not get. A 
few words would sometimes reach his ears spoken in 
a jargon of English, but their meaning he could not 
fathom. He tried his best to piece together such 
sentences as he could catch but to no purpose. The 
only words that were distinct to him were "Senior Gas- 
pard Gravotte" and he could form no idea of any con- 
nection between them and the men present. He had 
never heard of any one by such a name and doubted 
if any one in the city was called Gravotte. 

After an interminable time at talkingthe men made 
a movement to leave the room, as if the conference 
was closed. Scott dreaded the thought of being left 
alone, but he hardly cherished the presence of this 
gang of toughs evidently bent upon some mischief. 
One of the men came over to where he lay, examined 
the ropes that bound him and, after saying something 
to the others in a foreign tongue, followed them out 
of the room. 

When the door closed, Scott heaved a sigh of 
relief and opened his eyes. At first he could see 
little, but as his sight became accustomed to the 
darkness, he viewed his surroundings as best he might 
from his cramped position. The room in which he 
lay was without any sign of furnishing and contained a 
few boxes and a well-burned candle. Through a 
chink in the window-shutter he judged that it must be 
noon-time and he wondered how he could lay uncon- 
scious for so long a period. 

After the first surprise at his surroundings wore off, 
" Scotty " turned his attention to the ropes about his 
wrists with the fond hope that he might free himself. 

For an hour or more he struggled in vain and only 
desisted when his strength failed him. Once or twice 
he had fainted, and at last was forced to give up his 
fruitless trials. He next turned his attention to the 
light cast on the floor by the chink in the shutter. He 
followed its slow course across the floor and up the 
farther wall. Slowly it went ; so slowly at times that 
he feared it would stop. At last his eyes could see 
its mark no longer and then came total darkness 

Sometime later, the door of his prison was cau- 
tiously opened and a head was carefully thrust into the 
room. Slowly the hinges creaked and a figure glided 
noiselessly through the narrow opening. By the 
uncertain light of a candle that the figure held, 
" Scotty " was surprised to recognize the face and 
features of the good-looking girl that he had noticed 
in the restaurant the day past. At first he knew not 
whether she came as a friend or as a foe, but the 
mere pleasure of once more seeing a human being 
added joy to his heart. The woman came softly for- 
ward and bent over him. 

" Say, you! Don't make no noise ; I'm going to 
get you out o' here. Quick now, when I cut yer 
ropes ; the men'U be back now. There, get up. Why 
yer poor feller, yer can hardly stand. Come along, 
I'll help yer." 

With her help, "Scotty" staggered to the door and 
down the long passage-way. He hardly realized what ; 
he was doing and yet he knew his salvation depended 
upon his conductor. Once or twice he had endeav- 
ored to speak, but she only stopped him abruptly and 
so he held his peace. 

The passage led to a small side door that evidently 
opened into the street, and before this they stopped, 
and the girl spoke in her coarse voice : 

" Look here, kid," she said. " I don't want yer 
thanks. When I open this door, you run, see ? They 
won't follow yer, I won't let them ; but you go and 
don't yer come down this way again, see? No, don't 
thank me, kid ; I don't know yer an' I don't want ter. 
I ain't doin' this fer love of you. I'd just as soon 
they'd killed yer, but Larry's thrown me off, an' I 
swore I'd get even with Larry. Now go quick," and 
with that she shoved " Scotty " into the street. 

At first the young fellow was too bewildered to get 
his bearings, but the night air soon cooled him and he 


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started off in the direction that he knew must be into 
the heart of the city. He avoided all the late pedes- 
trians and took such short cuts as he believed would 
land him at the office. Hungry and nearly dead of 
fright, he was glad to see before him the lights of 
Newspaper Row and he hurried ahead with renewed 

As he neared his paper's building he had to pass 
through a considerable crowd before the door, and as 
he started to ascend the steps his eye caught these 
words upon the bulletin boards : 

The Hon. Gaspard Gravotte 

Italian Minister to this country. 

Killed this morning 

by the Mafia. 

Upon the steps of his office was found the body of 

Scott ; he had fainted dead away. 

J. T. P. 


.,, Dear Ned; — 

■ "I take my pen in hand to write you a few 

lines." Do you know, Ned, I almost cried as 1 wrote 
those words. Dear old grandma used to begin her 
letters with them — good old soul ; it is now two years 
since we laid her to rest beneath the maples. I have 
vowed to begin all my letters with those words with 
which she always headed hers. 

I am having a happy time here on the farm ; with 
feeding the fowls, driving the cattle, raking hay, pick- 
ing berries, roaming the fields, riding, and rowing on 
the river, my life is full to the brim. I have grown as 
fat as a fisher-girl and, as brown as a thrush. I live 
on the fat of the land — peas, beans, cucumbers, sum- 
mer squashes, sweet corn, tomatoes, and all the 
other garden vegetables ; in fact everything the farm 
can add to my fare I get when I want it. I am becom- 
ing a perfect gormandizer I suspect, but everything 
tastes so good I positively cannot stop until I can eat 
no more. And — oh, I almost forgot to tell you — I 
have a lunch of blackberries and cream every after- 
noon. Just imagine. I went to a party the other 
evening. What a bore they are, anyway. I had to 
dress up in my best bib and tucker of course — oh you 
needn't laugh ; they can have swell affairs up here as 
well as in your elegant mansions in the city. But to 
tell the truth, I didn't enjoy myself at all, except per- 

haps for a few moments In Mr. Williams company — 
now don't shake your fist and vow vengeance, I didn't 
dance with him. Incidentally he mentioned you and 
of course at once put me into a flutter that 1 could 
hardly conceal. Now does that appease you. But 
all the time I would much rather have been at home. 

1 must tell you of the delightful episode that I had 
on the river the other day. You should see the cute 
little boat I have got. Uncle calls it a sharpie. It is 
about eight feet long and painted blue. It is flat- 
bottomed, being more convenient to handle at low 
tide and when crabbing in the coves. Well, to go on 
with my story, I have got so I can row pretty well, 
and the other day I thought I would go out and take 
the swell of the Mohawk as she came up the river at 
evening. You know what an awful swell she makes. 
I had taken it once before with Uncle Henry, but I 
was now determined to try it alone. I got out in the 
river bright and early and waited for the steamer. I 
soon heard the swash of the paddles beyond the ferry, 
and presently she hove in sight and pulled up at Corn- 
stock Wharf. Then I saw the old monster swing out 
from her moorings and point her prow upstream ; and 
the great waves began to roll on each side towards the 
shore. I got scared then and sudde ily concluded that 
it would be best to get in shore. for the first day ; for 
if I should get tipped over I would not be drowned. 
So I pulled my boat ashore, running the prow upon 
the shingle and left the stern pointing out towards 
the middle of the stream. By this time the big boat 
was nearly opposite. When I saw the great troughs 
and billows made by her paddles and the great mass 
of foam in her wake, I rejoiced that I was on the 
shore. I grew very brave and stood upon the stern 
seat, watching the incoming swell. My heart was 
beating in anticipation of the delightful rocking of the 
waves. The pulsations grew longer and less forbidding 
as they approached the shore. 1 watched with glee 
the first one approach the boat. It struck it fairly and 
partly swung it round, nearly upsetting me. and before 
I could recover another hit her, and over I went, head 
first, into the water. 

The water was shallow and all 1 had to do was to 
pick myself up. After swallowing a peck, more or less 
of salt water, and shaking my hair out of my eyes I 
looked towards the steamer. Oh Ned, I shall never 
forget the mortification of that moment ! All the 

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passengers were shaking their handkerchiefs and 
laughing. A projecting bank soon hid the boat from 
sight. I waded ashore. Sitting down upon the bank 
I had a good cry for two long minutes. Then all at 
once it came over me how ludicrous I must have 
looked and I lay right back upon the sand and roared. 
Then I got up and looked around. On a stonewall, a 
hundred feet away, a young man sat smiling. I 
believe I could have forgiven him if he had laughed 
loud and heartily, and had come over and offered to 
bale out my boat ; but there he sat with that cruel, 
hideous, provoking grin. 

Then I got mad, and getting into my boat, which 
was one-third full of water, I planted my feet in the 
middle of it and pulled like mad for home and friends. 
I was a sore sight with my feet soaking wet, my 
clothes bedraggled, and my hair all tied up in snarls. 
Besides I was bruised by the great stones that I had 
struck in my fall ; and as cross as a bear. Auntie 
never said an unkind word, and with her help I was 
soon comfortable again. But I expect I will be black 
and blue for a month. All the same I am having a 
good time and my only regret is that you are not 
here, Ned. What times we would have. I am glad 
I am a stranger in these parts. 

Yours forever, 


My Dear Madge : — 

I received your welcome letter yesterday and 
thought — •" well I must, follow the customs of good 
taste and forego answering for one week at least ;" 
but this morning I have a little leisure, and the temp- 
tation is so strong I am going to throw conventionality 
to the winds and answer your letter despite all 

Well your letter does breathe of the country with 
a vengeance, and I am already sick of the hum and 
drum of business. I expect I shall not get my equi- 
librium for a week. For pity's sake do not write 
again within that time or I shall be strongly tempted 
to flee the city some dark night. But now I think of 
it, if I do not get a breath of new mown hay some 
way or other before the expiration of that time I shall 
be just as badly off, so you had better write when the 
mood strikes you. 

I went to a party, too — last evening after reading 

your letter. I was looking for brown thrushes all the 
evening. I enjoyed nothing but the singing. I hid 
myself where 1 could not see the singer and then 
imagined it was a hermit thrush singing in the woods 
near the farm. Stella Reeves was there — it may be 
your turn, but do not get angry. I carried your letter 
in my left vest pocket and five hundred darts were 
shattered on it adamantine surface before the evening 
was gone. » 

I have refrained from telling you how much I should 
have enjoyed watching your plunge in the river, 
because I was afraid you would be so very wrathy 
you would not read my letter. Do you remember 
the day we were crabbing in the cove and my net 
handle caught in the mud ; how I went down two feet 
or more in mud and water and you laughed till you 
cried. Ah ! but revenge is sweet. But I should have 
enjoyed punching the head of that poor idiot who 
sat and laughed at you ; but I am kind of glad that I 
was not in such looking company as you must have 
been. I have sin ce wondered if that fellow on the 
wall had any chivalry, or whether the thought of being 
seen with such a half drowned looking creature kept 
him from lending you any aid. 

Yours forever, 


Dear Ned: — 

" I take my pen in hand to write you a few 
lines." You cruel, unsympathetic man. I who hoped 
to excite your pity, and incidentally your sense of 
humor, am thus held up to ridicule. Did I not knew 
you of old I would never write you again. No, 
nevermore. But 1 see through your tricks ; you know 
1 could not behold such a lack of sympathy and such 
cold-hearted exultation in my misfortune without boil- 
ing, and so you tack a whole lot of unfeeling remarks 
on your letter where they shall be the last thing I 
shall see and the first thing 1 shall remember, coldly 
calculating all the while to have me sit right down and 
rush you off a letter immediately. I am appeased 
only by the motives that inspired you and yet for that 
very reason 1 wish I could keep you waiting for a 

I forget to tell you that I have got a riding pony 
and have become quite an expert horsewoman. I 
have scoured the country for miles around, and know 



every road and cart path to be found. I met the 
man of stonewall fame the other morning. I call 
him Jackson. He was very obsequious. 1 rather 
hoped he wouldn't recognize me. 1 am rather inclined 
to believe that he is of your stamp, cold and distant 
in time of need, and when chivalry is called for a 
poor stick at best, but always chivalrous enough in the 
presence of — well beauty, if you will have it so, but 
beauty devoid of wet clothes. Ah, how I scorn such 

I am going to tell you another story and give you 
another opportunity to poke fun at me. I tell you I 
am at the beginning of a heroic career. 1 bear a 
charmed life and at the same time am the victim of 
a most miserable existence. 

The other day I made hay for the boys in the hay- 
ield and they, thinking to scare me, kept piling on the 
lay till no more would go on. I confess the load was 
jretty slimsily built and when we started on our way 
:o the barn it swayed to and fro in an alarming man- 
ler, I gazed down in terror at the ground when the 
Doys were not looking, for I did not care to let them 
see I was afraid. Now it so happened, as the chroni- 
;lers of old say, there was in the way a great big 
itone by which or over which we must make our way. 
The crew — I had no voice in the matter — conside red 
he latter the better way and steered to wreck the 
i/agon, cargo, and passengers on that great big stone. 
The cart keeled over and I slid to the ground narrowly 
:scaping being impaled on a cart stick, and started to 
un. At first it seemed as though I might escape, 
)ut before I had taken a step, the top of the load 
truck me in the middle of the back and bore me to 
he ground amid the exulting cries of the crew. 
Vhen the crew had extricated me from the mountain 
if hay, I was nearly choked, in trying to get my breath, 
ly swallowing each time seeds enough to plant a 
iwn. My hair and clothes were full, too, and I was 
nad, while the boys laughed. I dare say you would 
Iked to have been there. Such is my unhappy fate. 
3ut it is an ill wind that blows no one good. 1 had 
le fun of watching them build the load again. 

You ought to have seen the sunset, and the scene 
n the river to-night. I went up in the east road 
asture and watched the sun go down behind the 
teeples of the village, and the craft plying up and 
own the river. Two schooners are now moored at 

the wharf and three others are anchored amid stream. 
A train wound its way along the bank and the Mohawk 
with its load of passengers steamed by, as 1 sat under 
the oak near the wall. 

Dora, Harry, Ed., and Blanche arrived to-night. 
When do you expect to come. 

Yours forever, 


My Dear Madge : — • 

I had laid five dollars by, saying to myself, 
" here are five dollars for a present for Madge if 1 
do not receive a reply to my letter by to-morrow 
night." So you cannot justly call me cruel. Yes, I 
am a calculating man, for sure enough the letter 
came as I had planned. 

I have good news to tell you, I sang one verse of 
the Spanish Cavalier to my employer this morning, 
and he said go. In other words, he has given me a 
three weeks vacation. In the superabundance of my 
jubilant spirits 1 sang a voluntary composed by Ned 
for the occasion. I expect to leave on Monday morn- 
ing. Till then goodbye. 

Yours lovingly forever, 


Collect I^otfs. 

— On Saturday, May 20, Sunderland defeated the 
Freshmen at baseball. 9-6. 

— Last Sunday the College pulpit was filled by the 
Rev. Mr. Hamlin of Easthampton. 

— Dr. Wellington has presented the new reading- 
room with a handsome oil landscape painting. 

— Bicycle racks have been put up at the chapel 
and also in the hallway of the Chemical Laboratory. 

— Owing to Prof. Lull's absence. Prof. Flint will 
inspect the dormitories for the remainder of the term. 

— The Life regrets to announce that the infant son 
of Professor and Mrs. P. B. Hasbrouck died two 
weeks ago. 

— On Friday evening. May 19, the members of 
the Amherst Grange were much pleased and interested 
by an address on farming in Japan by Professor 





— The holiday enjoyed by the students last Friday 
has caused many to hops that the needs of the Col- 
lege will necessitate visits from the Legislature 
much more frequently than heretofore. 

— The attendance at Sunday chapel this spring 
term has been decidedly slim. The President is 
doing his best through a good example and numerous 
warnings to attract the delinquents to divine worship. 

— On Wednesday evening, May 24th, the mem- 
bers of the junior and sophomore classes held a joint 
meeting for the purpose of discussing affairs of im- 
portance concerning the College. The matter of 
changing the military uniform was taken up, debated 
for and against, and finally left to a committee to 
look into. A Junior Prom, to take place at Com- 
mencement was also carefully considered. 

— The speaking of the Burnham tens before a com- 
mittee of the faculty took place Thursday, May 18. 
The following men were chosen to speak at Com- 
mencement : Sophomores, W. C. Dickerman, E. S. 
Gamwell. C. E. Gordon, T.H. Graves ; substitutes, 
N. D. Whitman, R. 1. Smith; freshmen, M. A. 
Blake, J. C. Hall, R. W. Morse, D. N. West; sub- 
stitutes, A. L. Dacy, E. F. McCobb. The judges 
were President Goodell, Dr. Walker and Professor 

— Provided that a sufficient number of members 
can be obtained the second session of the Summer 
Class in Chemistry will be held during July and 
August. The course will consist of practical work in 
organic and inorganic chemistry. The expense will 
be low, — merely the cost of running the laboratory 
and price of the chemicals. Those who are contem- 
plating taking this course during the summer should 
hand in their names without delay to the department 
of Chemistry. 

— On account of the unfinished condition of the 
new track at Williston, it was deemed advisable to 
postpone the Williston and M. A. C. athletic meet 
until June 10th. In order to allow each race to be 
finished in a single heat, it was decided that each col- 
lege should enter but two men in the 100 yds. 
and 220 yds. flat and 120 yds. and 220 yds. hurdles. 
All candidates for the team have been provided with 
suits and shoes, and with hard training our men hope 
to be in fairly respectable condition by the 10th of 

■ — The oil painting of the late President Clark, a 
gift of his family to the College, reached here May 
15 and was immediately hung in the reading-room o1 
the stone chapel. The letter of presentation was as 
follows: "On behalf of my sister, Mrs. Frank W. 
Stearns, and myself, I take pleasure in presenting 
this portrait to the Massachusetts Agricultural College 
not only in memory of my father, but as a token oi 
our continued interest in the institution to which he 
gave the best years of his life." 

(Signed,) Atherton Clark. 

— About thirty members of the Legislative com 
mittees on education, military affairs, and agriculture 
arrived at the Amherst House on the afternoon of Ma} 
18,for their annual visit to our college. In the evening 
they were given a reception by the members of the 
Faculty at the home of President and Mrs. Goodell 
Friday morning the party attended chapel exercises a' 
the college, after which the library, veterinary labora- 
tory, barns, chemical and experimental buildings 
insectary, and other features of interest, were inspected 
The visitors seemed particularly interested in the 
newly completed veterinary buildings and in the 
practical dairying operations going on at the barn 
though many favorable comments were made on the 
excellent showing of all the departments. Colleg( 
exercises were suspended as usual for the day. 


Sept. 23 Holy Cross at Worcester. 
■■ 27 Tufts at Tufts College. 
" 30 Wesleyan at Middletown. 
Oct. 7 Springfield Training School at Amherst 
14 Open date. 
21 Trinity at Hartford. 
28 Vermont University at Burlington. 
Nov. 1 Amherst at Pratt Field. 

4 Worcester Tech. at Worcester. 
8 Williston at Amherst. 
" 1 1 Worcester Tech. at Amherst. 

An interesting article in the Earlhamite concerning 
the recent debate between Earlham College and the 
Iowa University shows that practice in forensics (ii 
some colleges at least) is still held in esteem. It wil 
be a happy day when this important training is mori 
thoroughly appreciated. 




The Faculty of the Massachusetts Agricultural 
College have voted to accept, from an approved list of 
high schools and academies in the state, the certifi- 
cate of the Principal of such high school or academy 
in place of the required examination for admission. 
Diplomas will not be received, and the certificate 
must be written on blanks to be obtained only from 
the Registrar of the college. Further particulars 
will be furnished by the same officer. 

Registrar, Massachusetts Agricultural College 

Amherst, Mass. 


During the past two weeks a large number of new 
books have been added to the library among them the 
following are the most worthy of mention : 

The Steam Engine by G. C. V. Holmes. This is 
an elementary text-book on the steam engine adapted 
'for the use of artisans and students in scientific institu- 
tions. The study of the science of heat and motion 
is in its nature somewhat complex but this book treats 
the subject in as simple a manner as possible while no 
previous knowledge of the steam engine on the part 
of the reader is assumed. 
Moore's Sanitary Engineering. It is for those 

ngaged in the important work of providing efficient 
sanitation for our cities, towns and villages, that this 
Dook is intended. The problem of the collection, 
removal and final disposal of sewage and the construc- 
tion of drainage systems is of grave importance to 
public health the world over. The author gives an 
impartial account of the various methods and prac- 
tices of sanitary engineering and also devotes consid- 

rable space to the flow of liquids in pipes and chan- 
nels. It is a very comprehensive work and without 
jsxception is the best reference book on the subject. 

Appleton's Cyclopaedia of Drawing and Design edited 
yy W. E. Worthen, C. E. This is an excellent book, 
jf large size and very complete in its treatment of 

the subject. The principles of all branches of draw- 
ing are contained in this volume with numerous illus- 
trations of topographical, mechanical, engineering, 
architectural, perspective and free hand drawing. It 
has been the intention of the author to make this work 
a complete course of instruction and a book of refer- 
ence to the mechanic, architect and engineer, accord- 
ingly it not only contains many illustrations for the 
copyist but affords an immense amount of suggestion, 
thus aiding in the production of original work. 

The Spirit of Organic Chemistry by Arthur Lach- 
man Ph. D., professor of chemistry in the University 
of Oregon. The main object of this work as is 
implied in the title is to infuse into the reader the 
spirit of the science. It is very important that the 
student of Organic Chemistry be able to read intelli- 
gently the current literature of the subject. If he can 
do this he can derive much benefit from the chemical 
journals of the day for they enable him to follow the 
development of the science and to keep in touch with 
its investigators. To serve as an introduction to this 
kind of literature is the secondary object of the book. 
The author has taken nearly all the fundamental 
problems of this branch of chemistry and in a historical 
manner has discussed their origin, growth and gradual 
development. The difficult parts are explained in 
detail and all formulas are much simplified by being 
expressed graphically according to modern structure 





The High School Recorder with its glaring cover 
attracted my attention. Its name is written in char- 
acters of blood. But in spite of the piratical impres- 
sion conveyed by its streaming banner of black and 
red it is qui te harmless. In fact it seems to be an 
excellent paper. The seven columns of gossip is 
perhaps a little too long, but it is not to be gainsaid 
that a certain amount of such matter is indispensable. 
A good many papers are running similar matter under 
a different heading. This tendency towards good 
lively gossip is in accordance with the spirit of the 
times, and papers are more and more beginning to 
appreciate the fact. The Recorders exchange column 
is good, too. 

The Tech is a neat paper, but partakes too much 
of the home chronicle to be an interesting exchange. 
" The Lounger " page seems to be its only pretense 
to work of a distinct literary character. One is com- 
pelled to wonder if this paper may not be defeating in 
part, the purpose of a college publication. We recog- 
nize the truth that a representative student paper 
primarily has the interests of the students in view ; but 
might not their interests be furthered, and the influence 
of the paper extended, by affording an outlet for crea- 
tive literary talent. 

"The Infidele" in the Mt. St. Joseph Collegian 
draws you a picture of the disappointed lover. Where 
is its consolation ? There is none. Your light has 
gone out, " and oh! it will shine no more." 

The modest cowslip that adorns our meadows in 
early springtime has attracted the attention of many 
poets. Lowell has mentioned it in a beautiful verse, 
and Shakespeare in his Cymbeline has sung its poetic 
beauty in the following lines ; — 

Hark, hark 1 the lark at heaven's gate sings, 

And Phoethus 'gins arise 
His steeds to water at those springs, 

On chaliced flowers that lies ; 
And winking Mary-buds begin 

To ope their golden eyes : 

With everything that pretty is 
My lady sweet arise : 
Arise, arise. 

The author of " The Dream of the Cowslip " in 
The Hermontte has caught the thought and expressed 
it in an appreciative way. We have space to quote 
but one verse : 

" Softly the light in the eastern sky 

Is brightening into day ; 
The hilltops are gilded with golden gleams, 
And rose-flushed with the bloom of May." 



June 18th, Sunday : Baccalaureate sermon. 

June 16th, Monday: Prize speaking contests. 

June 20th, Tuesday : Class-day exercises. Meeting 
of alumni. 
Reception by President and trustees. 

June 21st, Wednesday: Commencement Exercises. 
" Old Aggie " never looked better than now, and 
if the superb view of the campus obtained from 
the hill back of the Insectary, will not bring to 
the mind of the visiting Alumnus such a flood of 
the memories of " Old Times " as will make 
tears of pleasure and sadness come to his eyes, 
he is dead clear up to the roots of his hair, and 
should order his coffin at once. 

'76— Dr, C. W. McConnel ; address. 171— A 
Tremont St., Boston, Mass. 


'82 — Wilbur H. Thurston has gone gold hunting in 
the Klondike. For the last four or five years Mr. 
Thurston has been engaged as a farmer in the town 
of Grafton. 

'86 — R. B. Mackintosh has recently been elected a 
resident member of the New England Botanical Club.' 

'90 — George B. Simonds is in the postal service at 

'97 — C. A. Peters has been appointed Assistant in 
the Kent Chemical Laboratory of Yale University 
for the coming year. 

'97 — H. J. Armstrong; address, Chicago, 111., care 
of Chief Civil Engineer, Illinois Central Railroad. 



'97 — L. L. Cheney has finished a second year's 
successful worl< in the Veterinary college of the 
Universits of Pennsylvania. 


'97 — Married at Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, Feb- 
ruary 2nd, 1899, Mr. Allen March Nowell, Ex. '97, 
to Miss Ruth Moore Taplin, of Winchester, Mass. 


'97 — James L. Bartlett is now in charge of the 
Weather Bureau office at Cienfuegos, having been in 
Havana since the first of January, and in Cienfuegos 
since May 1st. Address, Cienfuegos, Cuba. 



Rev. L. D. BASS, D. D., Manager. 

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With the present issue the editor-in-chief severs 
his connection with the Life and a new editor will 
assume the duties incident to editorial work. The 
past few issues have been sources of much pleasure 
to the editor and the relations existing between the 
present board and the past editor have always been 
harmonious ; to them he owes a debt of gratitude for 
their aid and encouragement, and he sincerely trusts 
that the new editor-in-chief will be favored with the 
i same considerations. 

With the termination of this collegiate year the 
Reading Room finishes its first month of trial. That 
the effort has been highly successful is needless to 
say and much credit is due to those who have had 
charge of the management of it. Next year the 
room will be opened under peculiarly fortunate cir- 
cumstances ; new furniture and decorations will be 
employed, the space now used will be increased to 
meet the demands of the students and new periodi- 

cals will be added. It is to be hoped that the stu- 
dents will give this movement the encouragement that 
its deserves. 

The coming year promises to bring forth its usual 
stock surprises in regard to classes and their doings. 
Each successive collegiate year always promises so 
much and then gives so little that it has become 
wearisome. Athletics promise to do well, drill prom- 
ises to come back, and the thousand and one minor 
promises have all appeared, and yet we live in that 
delightful uncertainty where we know not what to 
expect next. It is, perhaps, this very uncertainty that 
gives us the spice of life, and keeps up our spirits that 
the morrow may have in store for us unexpected hap- 
piness that will be welcome simply from its very unex- 
pectedness. Yet with all this, we must plan for the 
future and shape our present actions so that the 
future may derive the greatest good from our present 
acts and resolves. We are gathered here, alumni 
and undergraduate, and it is eminently proper that we 
should take some decisive action for the benefit of 



our Alma Mater. Let every man do his utmost for 
the welfare of that institution to which he owes so 

There is a department in the collegiate work that 
deserves a word of praise for its excellent standing 
and that is the department of Public Speaking. This 
form of education is so often neglected that it is 
refreshing to find that in some localities it is exercising 
its just powers. The training given the student under 
this head is of lasting benefit both physically and 
mentally, and the ethical relations established between 
the student and his audience are not to be relegated 
to an inferior position. The work of preparation for 
public speaking is of vast importance and combines a 
diversity of elementary teachings that embrace all 
sciences and arts. The training to the mind, the 
figure, the voice, is of much moment, and the mental 
exercise of committing a piece is an excellent stimu- 
lus, besides affording the speaker an opportunity to 
become familiar with the best writers. So far, our 
work here at Aggie has been very satisfactory and 
much credit is due to both students and teachers. It 
is to be hoped that in future years we may be able to 
enter the debating arena with some profit to ourselves. 

Class Day has come around once again and we 
are about to push ourselves into the cold bad world 
with the firm intention of revolutionizing every social 
condition that may be met. We shall establish new 
orders of procedure, new ideas, new theories ; we shall 
take the world to our arms and remould it to meet 
the desires we may have. We shall be the only re- 
formers that have ever accomplished an iota of good ; 
we shall be the only genuine ones, the only faithful, 
and our following will be large. We shall strike the 
evil conditions of society a solar plexus blow or be 
struck by one ourselves. We shall kill every evil 
germ existing or be killed ourselves ; we shall be 
heroes, of that we are certain. With the firm unal- 
terable resolve that we are the only truly good and 
everybody else is bad, we shall glance upon the aston- 
ished vision of an assembled multitude as a shooting 
star of the first order that flashes across the scintillat- 
ing sky in one bright orb of brilliancy, only to strike 
earth with a dull sickening thud, ultimately to be used 
as simple ballast to the ship-of -state. 

The members of the Faculty have reported in favor 
of making the Sunday chapel exercises voluntary for 
the student body. This is a step from the dark ages 
into the more civilized era in which we now live. 
Compulsory chapel smacks too much of medievalism 
when the actions of the various units of a society 
were bound by rigid laws of a select set of men noted 
for their bigotry. Compulsory chapel never accom- 
plished the end desired and it has been found to be a 
failure in more ways than one ; if a man desires to 
attend any religious services he will avail himself of 
such opportunities as he may see fit, no law compel- 
ling him to go is necessary. If a man has no desire 
to attend such exercises, it is morally wrong to com- 
pel him to or to hold him in such bonds that he can 
with difficulty pursue those ends that he deems hon- 
orable. Compulsory chapel at the best only caused 
those to attend who would have attended of their own 
free will and compelled a reluctant attendance in 
quarters where it was distasteful. We have long 
since graduated from that era when any set of men 
can furnish ideas for the whole ; and compulsory laws 
are only such laws as are readily broken. The Fac- 
ulty are to be sincerely congratulated upon this, their 
new departure and Life desires it understood that the 
best sentiment among the students heartily applauds 
this action, regardless of creed. 

The track team meet with Williston proved to be 
an agreeable surprise to us. In our enthusiastic 
moments we had fancied we might lead by some ten 
points but a lead of forty-one was far beyond our 
fondest anticipations. Some records have suffered 
and undoubtedly more would have been cut down but 
for the fact that the track, being new, was in a poor 
condition. The greatest disappointment to us was the 
bicycle races, and the very unnecessary conditions , 
that caused us to lose them is but gall to us. A 
rider, whoever he may be, should inform himself com- 
pletely in regard to the length and condition of the . 
track and there is no excuse for a blunder in this 
respect. The fact that our rider was neatly pocketed 
in the second race shows that our adversaries had 
the team work that we lacked. The act was of course 
ungentlemanly and a thorough sportsman would not 
revert to its necessity, but it is perfectly legitimate 
and is well within the rules of the track. The work 



of Mr. Claflin is to be highly commended ; he secured 
the largest number of points of any of the contestants 
and so he was presented the M. A. C. pin so kindly 
donated by Mr. George Wright of the class of '98. 
The hammer throwing and the shot-put were both 
good examples of the work that can be done here. 
Now that the track meets have been started, it is 
necessary that they should be continued into the 


At last after my hot, dusty ride in the cars I had 
landed at the little New England village which 1 called 
my summer resort ; I had found my old lodging-place 
and had again settled myself for another summer 
away from the cares of my business and from the 
noise and din of the city. 1 had decided that as soon 
as supper was over, I would take a short walk over 
the hills of this — one of the most beautiful spots in 
beautiful New England. 

And therefore, my supper being finished, 1 went out 
into the cool moonlit night. Every star twinkled and 
sparkled as if it was especially glad over my return. 
As I went on I saw familiar sights. Here was the 
old road leading to the neighboring city, here the 
church and the town hall and all of the old objects 
that from their apparent rest and quietness, seemed 
to give me more rest than 1 would otherwise have felt. 

Now I had gotten among the hills just outside the 
village, and as I wandered on I came to a small emin- 
ence, quite new to me, although I had seen it before. 
As I went over it a sweet melodious musical sound 
seemed to come from its very bowels. This was fol- 
lowed by fits of laughter and far away conversation, 
not distinct enough to be understood, I put my ear 
to the earth to listen. The music increased in vol- 
ume and seemed to come from a number of wind 
instruments such as flutes, bag-pipes and others. 

The sound kept increasing and soon seemed to 
come from the opposite slope of the hill. On looking, 1 
beheld a sight which held me spell-bound, for emerg- 
ing from the hillside were queer looking figures — all 
as white as snow, and resembling Robin Hood's gang 
of yore. There was Robin himself with his long bow; 
behind him waddled Friar Tuck, and with him stode 

Little John and all the rest of the merry gang. They, 
at first, seemed to take a direction immediately away 
from me, but, to my horror suddenly turned in their 
steps and came toward the place where I was 
standing. 1 was overwhelmed with terror. I could 
neither yell nor could 1 run away from the place. On 
they came, some laughing, some making jokes, and 
in general having a genuine good time. The music, 
however had ceased as soon as they had left the 
inside of the hill. 

I had not been in this position long when the leader 
of the gang, Robin Hood, approached as if he had 
known me for years, presented his hand which I was 
too frightened to touch, and began to speak: 

" Ah, my friend, do you see the state to which my 
band and 1 have been brought ? This beautiful hill 
was once covered with forests like those of Merry 
England. The great oaks reminded me of those in 
Sherwood Forest where Robin Hood and his joyous 
band once roamed at will. It was not quite three 
hundred and fifty years ago that we — all that you see 
here — drawn by the colored descriptions of New Eng- 
land, came to try our lot together with the rest of 
mankind. We were a merry crowd full of the ancient 
lore of Old England and eager to start anew some of 
her, then obsolete, customs in the New World. So 1, 
by chance, conceived the idea of forming another 
band like that of the ancient outlaw, Robin Hood. 
My friends here readily agreed, and we roamed freely 
over the whole country, robbing wherever we pleased 
at the expense of many a stern God-fearing Puritan. 
We often captured some of these stiff old villains and 
made them perform a great many tasks enough to 
scandalize the whole puritanic set if they had seen it. 
Some we decked out in tights and slippers and made 
them dance to the merry music of the flute. Others 
we caused to drink until they were silly when they 
would say and do the most laughable things. If they 
would not drink we pried open their mouths and 
made them take it. 

" Sometimes after a great hunt in which we had 
captured much game, we would all have a great feast 
and invite some of our liberal neighbors of the good 
old church who in spite of opposition would often gain 
a settlement. With these we would talk over old 
times in Merry England, and many of them who had 



known us before would become part of our band, 
some preferring to live as they were. These we did 
not try to prevent." 

" My mind, by this time, had become almost recon- 
ciled to the strangeness of my surroundings. These 
men seemed to me not spirits without flesh or bone 
but men with bodies full of life and vigor. As this 
personator of Robin Hood spoke 1 almost believed 
myself in the presence of that worthy person of old 
English legend. His existence seemed not to be the 
wild fancy of an imaginative brain, but the stern 
reality of a logical and clear line of thought. I was no 
longer afraid to touch his hand, which although icy 
cold, still seemed to warm me to the very soul. Oh 
what bliss thought, I to throw off all restraints of 
practical life and enter into the enjoyment of the wild 
lawless career of these renowned outlaws. Again 
Robin spoke : 

" Here after these many years that have passed, 
since we lived and enjoyed ourselves on this very 
spot, we are again, O, worthy friend, to have a 
renewal of one of those feasts, but not until I have 
told you the awful end to which my companions and 1 
myself were brought by the predjudiced hatred of 
those stiff-necked Puritans. 

" It seems that for sometime they had been planning 
a general rooting out of all people in New England who 
had not embraced the Calvinistic belief. This was 
only too true. 

" One day as we were in the midst of enjoyment after 
a good hunt, news came from one of our men who 
had come in late that a large host of hostile Puritans, 
with their great ugly blunderbusses, were near at 
hand, and, as we supposed, would try to drive us from 
our old resorts. But while we were pondering some 
means of escape or defense, we were surrounded on 
all sides. Escape was impossible and it would have 
been folly to have tried to defend ourselves with the 
long-bow against the blunderbusses of the enemy — 
so we surrendered without a murmur. 

" ' Aha, we have you at last,' said old Cotton Make- 
peace, the leader of the Puritan band. ' We have had 
enough of your sacriligious doings and we intend to 
make your suffer as much in this world as you will in 
the next. Do you see that hill ? In that, reached by 
a subterranean passage is a dark chamber lined with 

the hardest granite. We intend to place you there 
with your nefarious band for several months, food will 
be given you sufficient for three days. At the expira- 
tion of that time you get nothing, and you will all die 
the death due to your audacity in daring to blaspheme 
the only true church.' 

" With that we were hurried away to our tomb 
with faint hearts and blighted hopes. This subterra- 
nean prison was all that he said it would be, and more 
too. But while there's life there's hope. After feel- 
ing round the damp musty walls all day we at last 
found an opening where we could feel the earth. We 
worked frantically while the food lasted, trying to open 
a passage, but one by one my brave men, wornout by 
fatigue and hunger, fell dead before me. I at last 
was left alone, by some wonderful decree, but it was 
not long before I too fell a victim to that worst of all 
deaths a death by hunger. I had suffered so long 
and so acutely that when Death did come He was 

" Well, that was the last of our earthly life. For 
many long years we have haunted this hill. We have 
seen cities grow up and forests go down, but never 
before have we spoken to mortal man and never 
before has an}! man seen us. You, my friend have 
the honor of having seen the jolliest men that ever 
trod the soil of New England ; a band which through 
the jealous hatred and perhaps shame of the Puritans 
would never have been heard of." 

The sun in his morning splendor was just rising 
over the eastern hills ; the band vanished, and I was 
left alone. Had I been dreaming, or had I really 
seen them ? No I had not been dreaming, for I was 
not asleep, and how could I dream without that condi- 
tion ? Ah, I thought, one more item to add to our 
New England history, and I went down to breakfast. 



" What's the matter, Frank, your wheel broken 

" No, tire is punctured, and I am in a deuce of a 
hurry to get into town before nine this evening, but I 
won't be able to, now." 



" Take my wheel if you want," said the first 
speai^er again. 

" What ! you got a wheel ? " I asked in astonish- 
ment. I had good reasons for being astonished as 
this fellow's father was too shiftless to support his 
family and the boy, Fred, by name, had nothing to get 
one with. 

" Oh 1 Yes," Fred replied, " but I haven't had it 

He went into his house which was only a short dis- 
tance away from where we were and soon returned 
with a brand new wheel. 

I asked no more questions, however, and soon I 
was speeding along on the new wheel. It was a good 
one and no mistake, but I couldn't help wondering 
where Fred had got it. He was a peculiar sort 
of a chap but as he appeared to have no bad habits in 
particular, I tried to befriend him, as all the boys were 
inclined to shun him, for no particular reason that I 
could tell. 

•' Well ! " I thought to myself, '■ if any of the town 
fellows ask me where ! got the wheel, I'll fool them 
for a while and make believe it's mine." 

I had no sooner got to the cycle club rooms, before 
one of the fellows who was standing near when I dis- 
mounted, asked me if I had a new wheel. 

" Yes " I answered " isn't it a beauty ? " 

"That's what it is," he replied. 

"How long have you had it ? " he added. 

" Well," said I, " not such a terrible long while, this 
is the first time I have ridden it. It wouldn't do to 
have ridden it the last two weeks in the mud." 

"We both stood admiring the steel horse for some 
time when Bill said rather jokingly, " If you hadn't 
had this wheel some time I would have to see that 
you were arrested for stealing a wheel, for Guy Sterl- 
ing lost his wheel yesterday, but he only bought his 
two days ago. His was exactly like this one in every 
respect. Some one stole it from the sidewalk last 
night while he went into a store for a few minutes." 

As lots of wheels had been stolen. Sterling notified 
the police and they were kept on the lookout, 

I now became seriously alarmed. My throat felt 
as if a hard boiled egg was trying to wiggle through it 
and for the next three minutes my brain was in a con- 
stant whirl, I now understood how Fred became the 

possessor of the wheel, but that didn't bother me half 
as much as the thought that the police were looking 
for it, and I should be found with it ! At first I thought 
it best to notify the police, but I finally decided to 
keep quiet about it if I could, for they might want me 
to stay with the wheel all night and that wouldn't be 
very nice. 

Then again, I hated to have the club fellows know 
how I was fixed, as they would never stop laughing 
about it, so with the desperateness of a genuine thief, 
I decided to risk getting caught with the wheel and 
resolved to turn the wheel over to Fred as quickly as 
possible and free myself from an unpleasant predica- 
ment. I had just started off, looking down to catch 
my toe clips, when a voice that seemed to cut to the 
marrow of my bones, spoke out, " Look out ! Don't 
run into that woman ! Ring your bell ! " I became 
curious enough to look up and see who spoke out so 
sharply when I met the gaze of a policeman, whose 
eyes seemed to have unusal penetration. 

At the same time I felt a cold creeping sensation 
on the top of my head. If my appearance was, as 
it seemed to me it must be, my hair must have stood 
out like porcupine quills. 

I expected every moment, that I was in sight, to 
hear him call out for me to stop for I had imagined 
most strongly that he had a special purpose in looking 
at me and the wheel so sharply. This first escapade 
had the bad effect of disturbing my nerve organisms for 
it seemed after that, that every one I met, took par- 
ticular delight in watching me. This made me angry 
for it seemed as though they did it to tantalize me, 
and attract everyone-else's attention. 

I managed to live through it, but the end was not 
yet. I turned up another street when I saw two 
policemen standing and watching cyclists going by. I 
was just wondering if I could get along'without attract- 
ing the policemen's attention when a voice that I rec- 
ognized as a friend of mine sang out from across the 
the street, " Hello, Frank 1 Got a new wheel ? " 

Well 1 I believe that was the first time that I ever 
experienced that peculiar sensation of having the 
heart make a wild leap for the mouth. 

I knew his talking would attract the attention of the 
officers who would be apt to look more closely at my 
wheel, especially as it was the one stolen, so I said 



quickly as I passed, " Wait there just a second will 
you, Henry ? " 

I knew that was the only way to put the .police 
off their guard and to escape, by making them think 
that I was coming back, as my remark to Henry nat- 
urally suggested. I was not molested any more that 
night but you can rest assured that I got that wheel 
off my hands before I retired to sleep. Before 
morning I had no less than eighteen policemen and 
the owner of the wheel pursuing me down one street 
and up another. I was glad when morning came, for 
bad dreams after a real experience, are poor things to 
settle one's mind. 

J. F. Lewis. 


Our club had been in existence about six months, 
and everything had run as smoothly as with a newly- 
married couple. The petty bickerings and graver dis- 
agreements which had disgraced other societies had 
been absent from our councils, where a spirit of con- 
cord had always ruled. With us, the wish of one was 
the desire of all. Naturally, we felt very proud of this 
fraternal feeling, and only laughed at the pessimistic 
outsiders who prophesied trouble. 

But all this was before our fraternal deadlock. We 
do not boast quite so loudly of our perfection now, 
and even refrain from criticising others when they 
disagree on little minor points not worth quarreling 
about. In fact, we maintain that there may always 
be two sides to a question, and that a diversity of opin- 
ion is a necessity to healthy growth. The cause for 
this reversal of our belief was our public reception, or 
more properly, the disposal of its proceeds. There were 
no conflicting ideas as to the management of the 
reception itself, and it had passed off without any 
friction whatever. And when we next assembled 
everyone expected merely mutual congratulations on 
its success, and incidentally some means of investing 
the profits which would please all of us. 

In this we were disappointed. The meeting opened 
auspiciously enough, but when the time for business 
came, it was found that the treasurer was absent. 
No one else knew exactly how much money had been 
realized from the reception, though it was understood 

to be about one hundred dollars. The club decided 
to proceed without the precise figures, since, as one 
member said, "a few cents more or less wouldn't 
make any great difference." The question was there- 
fore laid before us. but here our unity ceased. In- 
stead of some single plan, no less than three were at ; 
once presented. Norcross proposed to use the money 
to buy a piano ; White suggested that we get books 
for our library with it'; while Duncan was convinced 
that we ought to lay it aside as a nucleus for a build- 
ing fund. On this point the club split. All the plans 
were commendable, and each found followers. ^ A 
vote revealed three factions of nearly equal strength, 
and then began a scene of tumult. No party was 
strong enough in itself to win, yet each was deter- 
mined never to yield. Efforts at compromise failed, 
and a project to divide the funds was rejected. A 
deadlock, as complete and disastrous as those which 
often blight our Legislatures, though on a smaller 
scale, was upon us, and we could do nothing. 

Every moment the situation became worse. The 
debate, at first moderate and reasonable, soon set at 
defiance all the rules of parliamentary law. Person- 
alities were exchanged on every side and threats of 
brute force freely given. Everyone was on his feet 
angrily talking and gesticulating. The president after 
fruitless struggles to restore order threw down his 
gavel in disgust, and the recording secretary, after 
jotting down the one word " deadlock," wiped his pen 
in despair. Our love of harmony, our vaunted unity, 
and our fraternal feelings had all vanished in a single 
hour, and chaos reigned supreme. 

The crisis was reopened when the Norcross faction 
announced their ultimatum, " Unless the club votes 
our way every one of us withdraws," they declared. 
But it was just as evident that the other two parties 
would do the same. In any case, the founders of the 
club could see nothing but disgrace and ruin before 

Just then the door opened, and in breathless haste 
a man entered, who stared at the scene in amaze- 
ment. It was the treasurer. The members spied 
him, and he was at once surrounded by a Babel of 
clamorous voices, out of which we could distinguish 
only the words "vote," "piano," "library," and 
" building-fund," and these conveyed no meaning 



whatever to his mind. But at last the situation was 
explained, when to our astonishment he laughed. 

"Gentlemen," said he, " 1 think there is a slight 
misapprehension here which my report would correct." 

" Read it then," we shouted in chorus, and the 
treasurer read as follows : 


Amt. appropriated by club. 


rec'd for admission, 


Total receipts. 

Paid orchestra, 


" refreshments. 


" printing and incidentals, 


Total expenses, 

Balance on hand, 



There was a long and suggestive silence. Then 
without further discussion the meeting unaminously 
voted to adjourn. Our fraternal deadlock was broken. 

H. L. K, 

^olle;!^ f^ot^j. 

— Commencement ! 

— M. A. C. 88— Williston 47. 

— The '99 class bed looks very neat and attractive. 

— The new back stop has received a much needed 
coat of paint. 

— The sophomore-freshman baseball game was 
played June 2, the sophomores winning 14-10. 

— At their last exercise under Professor Flint the 
class of 1901 presented him with a fine meerschaum 

— Within the last few weeks a considerable amount 
of sand has been removed from the bottom of the 

— At a meeting of the Track Team E. S. Gam- 
well, '01 , was elected manager, and A. G. Wilson, '01 , 

— The fruit-growers of Massachusetts will hold their 
annual summer field meeting at the College on Tues- 
day, June 20. 

— Capt. W. M. Wright left Amherst for Cuba on 
Monday, June 5, to rejoin his regiment, his furlough 
having expired. 

— M. B. Landers, '00, has been appointed to the 
Aggie Life board to fill the vacancy caused by F. A. 
Merrill's resignation. 

— The College has been practising singing in the 
Chapel under the direction of Dr. Wellington. H. 
Baker, '00, was chosen leader. 

— On account of C. E. Gordon being obliged to be 
absent N. D. Whitman will take his place on the 
Burnham Four at Commencement. 

— At a meeting of the Aggie Life board June 21, 
M. B. Landers was elected editor-in-chief in place of 
F. A. Merrill who graduates with the class of '99. 

— On Tuesday, June 13, President Goodell deliv- 
ered an address of welcome at the Amherst Town 
Hall to the Western Massachusetts Library Club. 

— Up to the time of writing the Metereological 
Department has done its best, with a liberal display of 
storm flags, to coax up a shower but without success. 

—The M. A. G. pin offered by Geo. H. Wright, 
'98, to the man making the most points against Wil- 
liston in the dual meet was won by L. C. Claflin '02. 

— The following men will represent the senior class 
on the Commencement stage : Messrs. Hinds, May- 
nard, B. H. Smith, E. S. Smith, Pingree and Turner. 

— At 3 meeting of the baseball team held on June 
13, Y. H. Canto, '00, was elected manager, W. G. 
Dickerman. '01, assistant manager and Thaddeus 
Graves, Jr., '01, captain. 

— The class of 1901 having won the most points In 
the interclass meet, 54, and against Williston, 43, 
have had their numbers put on the class champion- 
ship banner as class champions for 1899. 

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—A party of school teachers from Montague vis- 
ited the College on Saturday, June 3. They were 
shown over the place by Professor Cooley, and ex- 
pressed themselves much pleased with their visit. 

—The class of 1901 has elected the following offi- 
cers to serve for the Fall term of 1899: Pres't, E. 
S. Gamwell ; vice-pres't, E. L. Macomber ; sec'y and 
treas., J. H. Chickering; historian, C. E. Gordon; 
serg't at arms, V. H. Gurney. 

—The celebration of the victory over Williston was 
crude but enthusiastic. A bonfire, the size of a small 
cottage, was built on the campus and its light told the 
people about Amherst that M. A. G. was victorious 
once more. The whole College then watched the 
blaze from the grass in front of south college and 
indulged in popular songs and speeches. 

—An interclass meet to determine the make-up of 
the track team to compete against Williston in the 
dual meet of June 10 was held at Pratt Field on Fri- 
day, June 2. Seven college records were broken, one 
equaled, and two new records established. The 100- 
yards dash was won by J. H. Chickering '01, in 
10 3-5 sec, equaling the old record. The 220-yards 
dash and 440 yards dash were also won by Chickering 
in 24 4-5 sec. and 56 1-5 sec. respectively ; the latter 
beating the old record of 58 2-5 sec. held by Hemen- 
way '95.The records for the 880-yards run and one mile 
run were also reduced. The former was won by H. 
E. Maynard '99 in 2 min. 1 1 sec. and the latter by 
A. C. Wilson '01, in 5 min. 5 1-5 sec. In the hur- 
dles L. C. Claflin, '02, took the 120-yards high in 
18 3-5 sec. and the 220-yards low in 30 sec. In the 
running high jump M. B. Landers, '00 easily cleared 
the bar at 5 ft. 5 1-8 in., while the pole vault went to 
J. C. Barry, '01, with a vault of 8 ft. 8 5-8 in, 3-8 
in. below the college record. The broad jump was 
won by Claflin '02 with a jump of 19 ft. 8 3-8 in. F. 
G. Stanley, '00, threw the hammer 95 ft. 10 13-16 
in. and also won the shot put with 35 ft. 9 9-16 in. 

The discus, a new event, was thrown by T. Graves ' 
93ft. 3 in. '99 won 8 points; '00—28; '01—54 

/Athletic No-^S- 

I. A. C. 88; WILLISTON 47. 

Aggie won a complete victory over Williston ii 
the dual meet at Easthampton, on Saturday, June 10 
The Williston men were never ahead and were simplj 
outclassed. If some of our men had done themselve 
justice, Williston would not have secured a first. 

We were greatly handicapped in the sprints. Chick 
ering had such a painful knee that he could scarcel 
walk, to say nothing of running. Brown, our othe 
sprinter, had some trouble with one of his eyes an 
could not see out of it. Nevertheless these men di 
good work under such circumstances. 

The track was very soft and was in no condition fo 
a meet. This accounts for the slow time made i 
the running events and also for the poor showing i 
jumping and pole vaulting 

In the one mile bicycle race Saunders thought tfi 
track was three laps to a mile instead of four, ar 
consequently he sprinted to the tape at the end of th 
third lap. On seeing his mistake he sprinted an 
tried to catch Dibble who by this time had a big le; 
and he succeeded in securing second place. Had l 
not made this mistake he would have easily take 
first place. In the two mile bicycle race he was sinr 
ply forced off the track 100 yards from the tape, l 
team work of the Williston riders. Nevertheless I 
finished second. 

After the race Saunders protested and asked b| 
have the race run over again, but unfortunately tl 
officials did not see the questionable work and Sau 
ders was disqualified for running off the track. ^^ 






In the half mile, Macomber surprised everybody by 
linishing ahead. He set the pace from the start and 

vas never headed. 


i The mile run was a pretty race. Capt. Wilson set 
he. pace so fast that it tired all the Williston men 
ave Eggleston. On the home stretch Maynard 
iprinted and won out and Wilson finished an easy 
.econd. Too much credit cannot be given Wilson 
or his fine work in this event. He simply ran the 
Villiston men off their feet. 

; Our freshman Claflin showed up in fine shape. He 
j-.aptured two firsts, one second, one third, making a 
Jotal of 14 points. 

Stanley hurled the hammer 104 ft. 5 in. much to 
he surprise of the Williston delegation and Cook did 
'ood work in the shot put. Stanley must have been 

trifle nervous in the shot put, for he puts it 35 ft. 

in. right along. 

In the high jump Landers and Claflin found Willis- 
an very weak and had no trouble in defeating their 
est man. 

This is the first athletic meet that has been held 
etween Aggie and Williston and as a result of this 
ictory Aggie is to-day the proud possessor of a beau- 
iful silk banner. 

The summary of the events is as follows: 

100-yards dash. — Won by Chickering of Aggie; 
iibbard of Williston, 2d; Bangs of Williston, 3d; 
lime, 1 1 2-5 sec. 

1 20-yards hurdle. — Won by Claflin of Aggie ; Shares 
f Williston, 2d ; Dorman of Aggie, 3d ; time, 19 1-5 



I 880-yards run. — Won by Macomber of Aggie ; 
llaynard of Aggie, 2d ; Dawson of Aggie, 3d; time, 
min. 10 sec. 

One mile bicycle. — Won by Dibble of Williston ; 
iaunders of Aggie, 2d; Cooney of Williston, 3d; 
ime, 2 min. 32 1-2 sec. 

440-yards dash. — Won by Hibbard of Williston; 
Chickering of Aggie, 2d; Hart of Williston, 3d; time, 
54 3-5 sec. 

One mile run. — Won by Maynard of Aggie ; Wil- 
son of Aggie, 2d; Eggleston of Williston, 3d ; time, 4 
min. 57 sec. 

220-yards hurdle. — Won by Dorman of Aggie ; 
Marra of Williston, 2d ; Claflin of Aggie, 3d ; time, 
29 4-5 sec. 

220-yards dash.— Won b/ Hibbard of Williston; 
Chickering of Aggie, 2d ; Brown of Aggie, 3d ; time, 
24 sec. 

Two-mile bicycle. — Won by Dibble of Williston ; 
Lewis of Williston, 2d ; Crane of Aggie, 3d ; time, 5 
min. 36 1-5 sec. 

Pole vault. — Chase and Barry of Aggie, tied for 
first ; Foster of Williston, 3d ; distance, 8 ft. 3 in. 

Putting 16-pound shot. — Won by Cook of Aggie; 
Stanley of Aggie, 2d; Nelson of Williston, 3d; dis- 
tance, 33 3-4 ft. 

Running high jump. — Won by Landers of Aggie ; 
Claflin of Aggie, 2d ; Maddox of Williston, 3d ; dis- 
tance, 5 ft. 2 in. 

Running broad jump. — Won by Claflin of Aggie; 
Banss of Williston, 2d ; Dickerman of Aggie, 3d ; dis- 
tance, 18 ft. 8 3-4 in. 

Throwing 16-pound hammer. — Won by Stanley; 
Baker 2d ; Cook 3d, Williston being shut out ; dis- 
tance, 104 ft. 5 in. 

Throwing discus. — Won by Nelson of Williston ; 
Graves of Aggie, 2d ; Stanley of Aggie, 3d ; distance. 
95 9-10 ft. 


Corn Plants — their uses and ways of life by F. L. 
Sargent. This little book endeavors to present to the 
reader trustworthy information regarding a few of the 
most important plants in the world. From earliest 



times there has been a close connection between the 
growing of grains and the progress of mankind or in 
other words, cereals and civilization have gone hand 
in hand. The author is without doubt justified in 
his statement that " no act of our early ancestors was 
rpore full of promise for the human race than their 
choice of grains as a food." This book is especially 
recommended for supplementary reading for classes 
in elementary botany. 

A Guide to the Wild Flowers by Alice Lounsberry is 
one of the most attractive nature books. Its value to 
students is greatly enchanced by the numerous colored 
and black and white illustrations by Mrs. Rowan, the 
world's greatest painter of wild flowers. The book con- 
tains accurate descriptions of nearly five hundred 
plants- classified in the most natural system according 
to the kinds of soil in which they grow. The family, 
color, odor, range and time of bloom are given in each 
case and with the indexes of colors and of common 
and scientific unfamiliar names plants can be readily 

Outline of Practical Sociology by Carroll D. Wright 
LL. D., U. S. Commissioner of Labour. This book 
is intended for use as a text book and the various 
topics which come under this subject ar'e accordingly 
subdivided so as to best suit the needs of the class 
room. The present day conditions are considered 
without an attempt to show how far they may be the 
result of previous conditions. The work is not intended 
to be exhaustive of the subject. The list of references 
given at the head of each chapter aid the student in 
more extended study. 

Everyday Butterflies by Samuel H. Scudder is 
another nature book. The author who is a well known 
butterfly expert tells in an instructive manner the life 
history of about sixty of our common butterflies. The 
book cannot fail to be of interest to the casual reader 
as well as to the student of entomology. 

The student publications of the college : 



will be on sale at the reading room in the chapel and 
on the campus. 



The April number of the Boston College Stylus has 
come to our table since our last issue. Although late 
in its appearance, it is not behind in the quality of its 
matter. It contains many fine articles and among the 
best is a contribution entitled " Religion and Art." 
The close relation existing between those two all 
important subjects is treated in a masterly manner ( 
religion and art have come to us through the ages,hand 
in hand, one has ever aided and encouraged the other, 
A summary of the whole is contained in the following 
paragraph : 

" The success of art in the past, when under the 
most deplorable conditions of affairs, has been wonder- 
ful ; but the secret of this success lies in the fostering 
care of religion. Joined with religion and following 
his guiding hand, art can achieve much and work outi 
her high destiny. But once she severs the bonds 
that unite these two most powerful influences for good 
then she becomes an evil to be shunned by men as 
an instrument of Satan." 

The Riuerview Student is a progressive paper with 
good literary matter and a long exchange list. The 
June number contains well written editorials and an 
excellent story, " The Green Striped Fetish." The 
good effects of these, however, is partly shadowed by 



the great amount of space devoted to " locals." There 
is too much for a paper of its standing. No ability is 
required for such work and they are of interest only to 
a very few. 

Another paper containing well written deitorial mat- 
ter is the University Cynic. It is an excellent paper 
all through. It contains much verse, some poetry and 
some trash ; it contains two short stories, one 
•• The Bungalow on the Bluff," the other " The Hazing 
Proclivities of Adolphus Bugg." The first is interest- 
ing and pleasing in style and finish. The latter shows 
the hand of an unexperienced writer but one whose 
abilities should be developed. It lacks depth in plot 
and smoothness in style but is strictly true to college 
life. That is a quality which makes it of interest on 
the exchange table. 

" The Relations of the Student to Money Mak- 
ing " is the subject of a lecture delivered in the 
Chapel at Earlham College and reported in full 
in the Earlhamite. The speaker considered the busi- 
ness man, if he possessed a few thousands, to be much 
abused. He says : "It is not my purpose to adminis- 
ter doses of comfort to this much abused man — he 
does not seem to need comfort. Neither will I advise 
him what to do with his money for before nightfall 
some 1200 daily papers will have given him a goodly 
supply of that kind of advice and there are as many 
elaborate systems of political economy as to the proper 
distribution of wealth as there are goods-box loafers in 
the small villages. Neither will I rail at him for ill- 
gotten and ill-used gains, for yesterday from thousands 
of pulpits and platforms he received quantities of this 
sufficient for the next seven days." 

We should not allow our consciences to look askance 
at the legitimate money maker. We should not train 
lour consciences to tell us that every dollar we get is 
the stamp of our selfishness, but on the other hand is 
a light to beacon someone from the great sea of spend- 
thrifts and paupers. We need to teach thrift. We 
need to say to our young men ; Hustle for yourselves 
make some money and save some money. 

* * * # * 

Don't train your conscience to look askance at the 
business world. If you have talent to make money 
and none to teach school, don't teach school, but 
make money. 


Hurrah for " Old Aggie !" Williston vs. M. A. C, 
Dual Meet. Aggie won by a little over forty points. 

'71. — Wm. H. Bowker : since Mr. Bowker is 
president of the Bowker Fertilizer Company and an 
alumnus of the M. A. C, perhaps the following article 
will be of interest to members of the alumni. " A 
committee of stockholders of the Bowker Fertilizer 
Company controlling a majority of the stock, recom - 
mends the acceptance of an agreement providing for 
the sale of the stock in the Bowker company at $125 
per share, less 5% for expenses, etc., to the Ameri- 
can Agricultural Company, the recently organized fer- 
tilizer combination. Special arrangements with 
Messrs. Bowker and Coe were made in view of their 
position and services in the Bowker company and 
especially of the name and goodwill of Mr. Bowker in 
the fertilizer business. The corporate existence of 
the Bowker company is expected to continue, and its 
business will doubtless be continued as heretofore 
with Messrs. Bowker and Coe in charge. Mr. Bow- 
ker has also been selected as one of the directors of 
the new parent company, if the Bowker company is 
taken over. The Bowker Company is capitalized for 
$1,000,000. Its real estate and buildings are valued 
at $181,028. The average annual net profit for the 
last six years has been $86,472. 

'77. — Raymundo Porto : a bulletin was recently 
received from the Museum of Natural History at 
Para, Brazil, in which we notice that Mr. Porto has 
been appointed sub-director of the museum. 

'79. — " Fire in the basement of the Hotel Rex- 
ford, in the West End (Boston, Mass.) caused con- 
siderable excitement among the guests and about 
$4,000 damage to the building and contents recently." 
Mr. Chas. Rudolph is proprietor of the Hotel Rexford. 

'90. — David Barry is reported to have purchased 
S. A. Phillips' new house on Pleasant St., Amherst. 

'93. — L. W. Smith, superintendent of a farm in 
Manteno, 111. 

'93. — Henry D. Clark, veterinary surgeon. Fitch- 
burg, Mass. Mr. Clark takes up the practice of Dr. 
Chas. H. Higgins, '94. who has received an appoint- 
ment from the Canadian government. 

'93. — Announcements were recently received of 
the marriage of F. S. Hoyt to Miss Mabel A. Knib- 



loe, ceremony to take place in the St. Johns Episco- 
pal church, at NewMilford, Conn., on June 22, 1899. 
The Life wishes to extend its congratulations, and 
trusts that the pleasant weather of the past week will 
be continued on that day. Mr. Hoyt is principal of 
the New Milford High School. 

'94. — Dr. Chas. H. Higgins has recently received 
an appointment as Pathologist under the Department 
of Agriculture of the Dominion of Canada. The dis- 
tinction conferred upon Dr. Higgins is by no means 
unimportant, as the Canadian government is very 
conservative about making its appointments, generally 
giving preference to its own subjects. Mr. Higgins 
attributes his success over other candidates to the 
broad and general education which he received at the 
Massachusetts Agricultural College, and also to the 
specially , comprehensive knowledge of Chemistry 
received there. He makes the statement that in 
looking over the list of colleges he finds not one at 
which he could have received such broad and general 
education as at " Old Aggie." We most certainly 
wish him success and happiness in his new position 
and thank him for the distinction he brought upon the 

'94. — T. F. Keith is in the advertising business in 
Fitchburg, Mass. 

'94. — E. W. Allen, Assistant Director Experiment 
Stations, Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. 
C. Mr. Allen has recently started on quite an exten- 
sive tour of the experiment stations of the northwest, 
in connection with his official duties. He goes to the 
Pacific coast and while there, is to attend the con- 
vention of the Association of Agricultural Colleges 
and Experiment Stations, at San Francisco, early in 
July. On his way back he intends to visit some of 
the Canadian experiment stations in British Columbia 
and the Northwest Territory. The trip will probably 
occupy about two months. 

'95. — Announcements have just been received of 
the marriage of Mr. R. A. Cooley to Miss Edith M. 
Cooley, of Sunderland. As given in a previous issue 
of the Life, Mr. Cooley has recently been appointed 
to the position of State Entomologist and professor of 
Zoology and Entomology at the Montana State Col- 
lege, at Bozeman, Montana, to which place he expects 
to go about July 1. Surely Mr. Cooley and his bride 
are to be congratulated on the bright future before 

'95. — Henry W. Lewis, Engineering Department, 
care of Col. W. M. Black, 3 Tacon St., Havana, Cuba. 

'95. — F. L Warren: President Goodell has re- 
ceived from Mr. Warren an invitation to attend the 
graduating exercises at the University of Pennsylvania, 
from which institution the latter graduates this year 
as a doctor of medicine. 

Ex-'95. — John Janes is spending the summer in 

'96. — Asa S. Kinney is superintending the con- 
struction of a new greenhouse at Mt. Holyoke College. 

'96. — F. B. Shaw is employed at the station of the 
Boston & Maine railroad at South Amherst. 

'96. — R. P. Coleman was married on June 1 to 
Miss Ida E. Benton. Mr. Coleman's address is 
Richmond, Mass. The Life extends its congratula- 
tions and wishes them much happiness. 

'96. — A. B. Cook was recently in town. 

'97. — F. J. Emrich was present at the Dual Track 
Meet held in Williston last Saturday, and in the jolli- 
fication meeting held that evening, encouraged the 
boys to keep on in the good work. 

'97. — S. S. Cheney : Mr. Cheney also graduates 
from Pennsylvania University, as D. V. S., this year, 
invitation having been sent President Goodell to attend 
the exercises. 

'97, '98. — '97 and '98 are going and have class, 
reunions this coming Commencement. Somebody 

'98. — Geo. H. Wright is still at Dr. Brown's Insti- 
tute, Barre, Mass. 

'98. — John P. Nickerson, who has just completed 
his sophomore year at Tuft's Medical School, is con- 
templating finishing his course at the Harvard Medi- 
cal School. 

'98. — Avedis Adjimian has recently been visiting 
various large farms in the state of Texas, for the pur- 
pose of investigating their equipments and the methods 
employed for management. After a short time he 
expects to come East again. 

'98. — J. S. Eaton, with Thos. Brickell & Co., 
Brokers, 80 Wall St., New York City. 

Ex-'98.^H. R. Wolcott is at present travelling 
salesman for the firm of Brown & Wales, manufac- 
turers and dealers in steel and iron, with office at 
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Cards, §1.50 and §1.75 per doz. 

Special price made on quantities. 

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